New York JFK – Lagos Direct: Delta Expands Nigeria Operations

by Samuel Abasi Posted on August 21st, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia. Delta VP-New York Henry Kuykendall says Atlanta, USA based Delta Air Lines DAL will commence 3X-weekly New York JFK-Lagos, Nigeria flights from March 24, 2018. Delta said the new service will complement its 4X-weekly service from Atlanta to Lagos.

The new route will use an Airbus A330-200, which offers 34 lie-flat seats with direct-aisle access in Delta One, 32 in Delta Comfort+ and 168 seats in the main cabin.

Delta VP-New York Henry Kuykendall said the new route to the African continent “joins existing service from JFK to Dakar and Accra, and follows new transatlantic routes to Lisbon, Berlin and Glasgow that began this spring.”

Atlanta-based Delta flies to four African cities: Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Johannesburg, South Africa; in addition to Lagos, where Delta will mark its 10th anniversary of service in December. Delta Airline serves two points from Atlanta (Lagos and Johannesburg, South Africa) plus two from New York (Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal).

“Nigeria has been a strategically important market for Delta over the past 10 years and is a mainstay in our African network,” Delta SVP-transatlantic Dwight James said. “As we look ahead to the next decade, we are improving the product offering with the A330 and increasing the number of seats from Lagos.”

Photo: Passenger insider Delta Airlines flight

The decision by United Airlines to stop serving Lagos, Nigeria from Houston made Delta Air Lines DAL the only U.S. passenger carrier with nonstop flights to Africa.

Five African carriers operate nonstop flights to the United States: South African Airways; Ethiopian Airlines; Royal Air Maroc; Nigeria’s Arik Air; and Cape Verde’s TACV. Their capacity on nonstop U.S. routes has grown by 22% over the past five years, with additional growth being injected by Ethiopian’s connecting services over Dublin.

Nigeria has two other direct connections with the U.S. – Delta-operated flights from Atlanta to Lagos, and Arik Air’s Lagos-New York route.

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