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Lisbon and New York flights are up and running for the first time in more than a year of international travel restrictions, allowing US leisure and other non-essential travelers to visit Portugal again.

The first American Delta Airlines flight arrived at Lisbon airport this Saturday the 7th of August resuming four times a week from JFK the popular transatlantic route between the two countries.

This route has long been one of Delta’s most popular destinations for US travelers, it was, therefore, important to reopen it to American tourists in further support of the economic recovery from the global pandemic.

American Delta Airline said it will “operate four direct weekly flights between New York-JFK and Lisbon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays”, and “Delta’s services between the US and Portugal are operated in conjunction with Air France partners, KLM and Virgin Atlantic” where “customers can also reach Portugal via Delta’s European hubs in Amsterdam and Paris”.

Delta Airlines has also dropped fees to allow free standby for same-daya trip changes meaning that customers with last-minute changes can stand by for an alternate flight for free starting Aug. 4.

Negative COVID-19 tests must be presented by every traveler before boarding but the good news is that there is no need to quarantine at this stage.

Portugal has entered the first phase to lift the restrictions imposed by the COVID- 19 pandemic at the beginning of August and travelers will now be able to enjoy going out to restaurants.  To find out more about Portugal’s restriction lifting plan click here