Delta drops plans to resume Cairo flights, suspends Amman

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines ... ditching flights to Egypt

Rising turmoil in the Middle East and escalating fuel prices have prompted Delta to ditch plans to resume New York flights to Cairo, and to suspend New York flights to Amman.

Delta hasn’t flown to Cairo since the recent revolution. It plans to suspend New York flights to Amman on June 1.

That doesn’t mean you can’t get there from here. On the contrary. Egyptair still offers nonstop New York flights to Cairo out of JFK. Service is daily, via the airline’s new Boeing 777-300s. Egyptair is a member of the Star Alliance, the same alliance to which the likes of Lufthansa and United belong. That means good connectivity.

New York flights to Cairo are the only nonstop options to the Egyptian capital from this country, but there are other ways to get there. Delta SkyTeam alliance partner Air France continues to offer Paris flights to Cairo, and KLM fields Amsterdam flights to Cairo. Delta has a wealth of connections to both Paris and Amsterdam.

As for Amman, look for Royal Jordanian to take up any slack to the Jordanian capital. The carrier offers nonstop flights from three U.S. gateways: New York flights to Amman, Chicago flights to Amman, and Detroit flights to Amman.

Royal Jordanian uses four-engine Airbus A340s on its U.S. routes. It too is a member of a connectivity-spawning alliance. This time it’s oneworld, the same alliance to which major carriers such as American Airlines and British Airways belong.

Bottom line: some Middle East options may not be as plentiful as they were a couple of months ago, but there are still options to be had.

Story by Jerry Chandler

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