American carrier Delta Air Lines has unveiled its schedule for summer 2008, with 14 new international routes added to its network from New York JFK airport.

Delta, which claims to be the largest global carrier at the New York hub, said that 85 per cent of US flyers will be offered convenient connections to Europe, Africa and the Middle East as a result of its changes.

Nine new non-stop transatlantic services will be available, with the earliest commencing on March 10th, to Tel Aviv in Israel, Edinburgh, Dakar in Senegal and the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Cairo in Egypt will also be available with Delta next year, along with Malaga, Amman in Jordan, the Nigerian city of Lagos and, subject to government approval, Cape Town.

Five new Latin American services are also to be introduced, with some starting in December this year, to Panama City, Guatemala City, Port of Spain, San Jose and Liberia in Costa Rica.

Delta chief executive Richard Anderson said: "As New York City's most international carrier, we are proud to take a leadership position in redesigning our JFK schedule to allow for significant growth of international routes while helping to reduce congestion at peak times by more evenly scheduling Delta flights throughout the day."

The airline's plans mean that it will be offering New York passengers a total of 204 daily departures to 93 destinations by June 2008.

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