American carrier, Delta Airlines, will from March next year, commence direct flight operations from New York’s JFK Airport to Lagos, Nigeria.
The airline announced that it plans to operate a thrice-weekly, complementing its existing four-weekly service from Atlanta.
According to the airline, this new route to the African continent joins existing service from JFK to Dakar and Accra and follows new trans-Atlantic routes to Lisbon, Berlin, and Glasgow that began this spring.
Scheduled to commence on 24 March, the airline’s New York-JFK – Lagos service is scheduled will depart New York at 22h00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, arriving Lagos at 14h05 the next day. The return service will depart Lagos 22h30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, arriving New York-JFK at 05h30 the next day.
Delta will deploy an Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route, featuring 34 lie-flat seats with direct-aisle access in Delta One, 32 in Delta Comfort+ and 168 seats in the Main Cabin. The experience also includes complimentary meals, including chef-curated and locally sourced fare and beverages in all cabins.
Delta Airlines is the preeminent U.S. airline in Africa and flies to Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Johannesburg, South Africa; and Lagos, where it will mark its 10th anniversary of service in December.
Dwight James, Delta Airlines’ Senior Vice President –Trans-Atlantic, said Nigeria is an important market for the carrier.
“Nigeria has been a strategically important market for Delta over the past 10 years and is a mainstay in our African network. 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,” he said.