Skift Take

By most accounts, there's not much heft in the new agreements the U.S. government reached with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates over airline subsidies. Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways will still carry a significant number of travelers between the United States and India. Perhaps the updated diplomatic agreement isn't the reason Delta is returning to India. Maybe it's just a good market.

Delta Air Lines Inc. will resume flights to Mumbai, following an agreement between the U.S. and two Persian Gulf countries over government subsidies to their state-owned carriers.

The India service would begin next year, subject to government approval, Delta said in a statement Thursday. The Atlanta-based airline didn’t disclose what U.S. cities would get the nonstop flights.

Delta is the first U.S. carrier to announce new service since Qatar and the United Arab Emirates agreed to increase financial transparency at their airlines. U.S. carriers had said they were forced out of India and other foreign markets by the growth of subsidized Middle Eastern airlines.

Delta said it would expand a marketing alliance with Jet Airways India Ltd. so that passengers on the U.S.-to-Mumbai flight could connect to other cities within the country.

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November 16, 2022
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Photo credit: Delta Air Lines will return to Mumbai but it hasn't said from where it will fly. Delta will face stiff competition from the top three Gulf carriers. Bloomberg