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New direct flight to connect Gothenburg to New York

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New direct flight to connect Gothenburg to New York
08:17 CET+01:00
US airline Delta announced plans on Wednesday to open a new non-stop flight between Gothenburg and New York City in June 2009.

Four flights a week to New York's John F Kennedy airport are planned for what will be the only non-stop flight between Sweden's second largest city and the United States.

“The big advantage for passengers is avoiding the detour of having a stop somewhere in Europe,” said Delta's Debbie Egerton to the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper.

“Both business travelers and those who fly for leisure have asked for this sort of route.”

It's been nearly 30 years since an airline has operated direct flights from Gothenburg's Landvetter airport to New York.

“When Landvetter was opened in 1977, SAS had direct flights from there to the United States for a few years,” said airport spokesperson Annika Hilmersson to the TT news agency.

But since then, only cargo flights have flown from direct from Gothenburg to New York.

Delta noted that there are 150 Swedish companies in New York and 900 American companies in Sweden.

“We expect that a lot of people are going to fly on this route,” Egerton told Göteborgs-Posten.

Following its recent merger with Northwest Airlines, Delta is now considered the world's largest airline.

The first Delta flight from New York is expected to land in Gothenburg on June 12th.

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