Delta Air Lines is to double its Scottish network next summer by introducing the only non-stop flight between Glasgow and New York JFK.

The daily service will run throughout next summer and complement a new Edinburgh-New York route started two weeks ago.

The Glasgow transatlantic link from May 25, 2017 will be operated in conjunction with partner Virgin Atlantic and will be in addition to the UK carrier’s seasonal service from the Scottish city to Orlando.

The Delta flights will be operated by a 164-seat Boeing 757-200ER equipped with Wi-Fi for passengers.

The US carrier’s New York vice president, Henry Kuykendall, said: “As a core component of our global strategy, we are eager to build our network across the UK and offer more nonstop services from New York.

“With this flight, Delta will operate to four airports in Scotland and England, offering both our business and leisure customers more choices when visiting the UK.”

Glasgow airport managing director, Amanda McMillan added: “The arrival of Delta Air Lines in Glasgow is fantastic news for Scotland, and we really cannot underestimate the significance of this announcement, especially since it comes just as Glasgow airport is about to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its official opening.

“Routes such as this enable Scotland to maintain and increase its global competitiveness. Not only will it play a major role in supporting our growing tourism industry, it will also provide Scottish businesses with yet another direct link to the world’s largest economy.

“New York is an iconic city for which there is huge demand, and passengers will be able to take advantage of Delta’s extensive route network through its hub at New York-JFK.”