Customers traveling to the United States on Delta’s new daily service from Mumbai launching Dec. 22 will find themselves in another financial and cultural world capital upon arrival: New York City.

Here are four reasons why New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport is the ideal U.S. hub for this route:

  1. New York is the largest U.S. market to India: Demand for flights between the U.S. and India has increased significantly in the last decade, and Delta’s network out of New York-JFK will allow for convenient connections for more than 50 Indian-American communities throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America.
  1. Delta is New York’s No. 1 airline: Delta has grown its presence in New York City by over 65 percent in the last 10 years and today offers more than 200 daily departures from its global gateway at JFK to more than 80 destinations in 30 countries. India is in good company: Delta has added nonstop service from JFK to Lisbon, Portugal and Lagos, Nigeria, in recent years with Bogota, Colombia, this month.
  1. Delta has invested significantly in the New York airport experience: The airline first unveiled its $1.4 billion, state-of-the-art international gateway at JFK’s Terminal 4 in 2013 and added 11 more gates in 2015. Elsewhere in the city, Delta just opened its first of four new concourses to comprise the airline’s new $3.9 billion facility at LaGuardia Airport.
  1. JFK T4 features a range of customer amenities: The terminal features dining options from New York favorites,a flagship Delta Sky Club that will soon feature additional seating, a reimagined food area, and a retractable roof for its signature outdoor Sky Deck. Delta also recently launched its first biometric boarding gates at the terminal, giving customers traveling direct to Mumbai the option of boarding a flight using facial recognition technology rather than scanning a boarding pass and showing a passport. And Terminal 4 is a valued partner in sustainability: every restaurant in the facility composts, and new water-saving technologies have cut down on usage by one-third – saving 20 million gallons each year.

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