Delta Resumes Flight to Lagos - THISDAY
Delta Airlines has resumed operations at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport to pre-pandemic levels with the resumption of its non-stop service to the United States four times a week. The flight from New York-JFK joins Delta’s existing daily service to Atlanta, which restarted last September, following a short suspension due to the airport’s closure at the height of the pandemic. The choice of non-stop services to Delta’s largest hubs enable customers to connect onto flights to 130 destinations across the US within four hours of arrival in either Atlanta or New York. Delta flies Airbus A330-200 aircraft to Nigeria, which include Delta One business class, complete with fully flat-bed seats and aisle access for all, as well as Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin.
“Delta is the longest-serving U.S. airline in Nigeria and the country remains an important market for us,” said Bobby Bryan, Delta’s Commercial Director, Africa. “Facilitating trade, as well as providing valuable air links for families and friends to re-connect is key to our mission here in Nigeria and around the globe. Never has this been more important as the world recovers from the pandemic,” he added.
The additional service from New York also provides cargo customers with increased capacity for the safe transportation from Nigeria. With short connection times in New York, cargo can be swiftly forwarded to destinations throughout the U.S. and beyond. Delta’s flights to Lagos, which have been in operation since 2007, supports economic and trade ties between Nigeria and the US.
Data from the Office of the US Trade Representative showed that the value of US goods and services trade with Nigeria was estimated at $10.4 billion in 2019 with exports valued at $5.3 billion and imports into the US worth $5.1 billion.