Virgin Atlantic and Delta will introduce two routes to Boston and New York JFK from summer 2020.

The new flights will see Delta return to Gatwick for the first time in eight years and the airport was also the destination for Delta’s first transatlantic flight more than 40 years ago, when services began from Atlanta.

The transatlantic partnership will offer up to 18 daily flights between the UK and Boston and JFK.

Juha Jarvinen, executive vice president of commercial for Virgin Atlantic, said: “The new routes to New York and Boston will go on sale later this year and will complement the wide range of Caribbean and Florida flights already offered at Gatwick.”

Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s vice president, transatlantic, said: “These new services will offer even more ways for our customers on both sides of the Atlantic to experience the products and services that set Delta and its partners apart while traveling to the destinations they value most.”

The full schedule and fare information for the new routes will be announced later this year.