Lagos (TVLW) – Travel to the United States and beyond now will be even easier for customers travelling from Nigeria thanks to Delta Air Lines’ new non-stop service between Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, launched Tuesday December 4. Delta is the only major US airline to operate daily non-stop service between Nigeria and the United States offering hundreds of onward connecting opportunities via Delta’s Atlanta hub to destinations including: Houston, Dallas, Washington D.C., New York, Baltimore, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The new Lagos-Atlanta route marks the fourth destination in Africa added by Delta in the last year and solidifies the carrier’s position as the only major U.S. airline to operate flights between the continent and the United States. The airline launched service between Johannesburg and Atlanta (via Dakar, Senegal) and nonstop service between Accra and New York JFK in .December 2006. In June next year, subject to the Nigerian Government’s permission, Delta would like to add a second daily service from Lagos with a nonstop flight to its hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Next summer, Delta hopes to conclude further reach into Africa to include services to the United States from Cairo, Cape Town and Nairobi, serving a total of seven African cities in six countries.
“We are excited to expand our global reach. As the only major US carrier to operate nonstop service to the United States from Lagos, this new route to Atlanta will not only serve to increase commerce and tourism between Nigeria and the United States, but will also provide our customers with convenient connections throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Frank Jahangir, Delta’s vice president Sales and Affairs Europe, Middle East and Africa at the launch of Delta’s inaugural flight at Murtala Muhammed International Airport today. “We’re proud to be offering our Nigerian customers a huge choice of destinations, whether they are flying for business or pleasure, as well as saving them precious time by flying them nonstop to the United States, compared with flying via a European hub.”
Mr Felix Hyat, Minister of State, Transport (Aviation), in his remarks at the occasion said: “Delta customers flying between Nigeria and the United States will enjoy the comfort of the wide body Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with the capacity to carry up to 214 passengers, 36 of which are in Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite class, featuring all-leather sleeper seats with 152 cm of legroom, innovative food offerings designed by celebrity chefs and industry-leading, on-demand personal in-seat entertainment. Economy class customers also will benefit from new all-leather economy seats, amenity kits, enhanced food offerings and a complimentary cocktail with each meal.”