United Airlines to begin flights to Africa


United Airlines announced the schedule for the airline’s first-ever nonstop service to the African continent, with once-daily service linking Washington with Accra, the capital of Ghana, beginning June 20.

United 990 departs Washington Dulles International Airport at 10:10 pm, arriving at Kotoka International Airport in Accra the next day at 12:40 pm. US-bound service from Accra begins June 21 with the departure of United 991 at 11 pm, arriving in Washington the next day at 6:25 am.

Flights to and from Accra are conveniently timed for connections at Washington Dulles, United’s principal trans-Atlantic gateway, to more than 70 cities in North America. As the largest airline in the nation’s capital, United offers nearly 300 daily departures from Washington Dulles.

“With the addition of service to Accra, United now offers customers nonstop service to points on six continents,” said Mark Schwab, United’s senior vice president of Alliances, International & Regulatory Affairs. “We look forward to offering service to Lagos – subject to approval by Nigerian officials – which will enable our customers to travel between Lagos and Washington more quickly and conveniently.”