In a statement released today, the company says that this is an extension that has not occurred since its launch in 2019, and that it will complement the annual service between Lisbon and New York Airport – JFK, also daily.

In total, Delta Air Lines will operate up to 14 weekly flights between Portugal and the U.S. during the summer with a capacity of up to 430 seats per day.

"The resumption of this summer service enables our North American leisure and business customers – one of the top five issuing markets in terms of revenue – to reach an increasingly popular destination in our network and explore the country's rich history and heritage, but it also helps promote the local travel industry", said Nicolas Ferri, vice president for the EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa and India) region, in the document.

For the president of Turismo de Portugal, Luís Araújo, the return of the route proves the tourist recovery in Portugal, and the official highlighted the "opportunity that is already profiled for the opening of new routes connecting the two countries".

The state of Massachusetts has a large Portuguese-American community, particularly in New Bedford and Provincetown.

The flights are expected to be operated on Boeing 767-300 aircraft and in conjunction with transatlantic joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.