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Delta Airlines yesterday inaugurated a regular line between New York and Ben-Gurion Airport. The line, which revives a route that was discontinued years ago, joins the company's existing flights between Atlanta and Tel Aviv. Delta is meanwhile preparing to possibly merge with Northwest Airlines, creating the world's largest airline, and stiffen price competition with El Al. Delta senior vice president Frank Jahangir told a press conference yesterday that Israel constitutes the airline's third largest overseas market, after London and Paris. He also said he did not regret the cancellation of Delta's code-sharing arrangement with El Al, and prefers to compete with the company directly.

Delta recently opened a representation in Ramallah, which will cater to passengers traveling from there to Amman to catch Delta flights on the new route from Jordan to the U.S., planned to start in June.