in 2006. However, even now six years later, the entire continent of Africa is greatly under severed by direct flights from North America.
(recently launched in November, 2011) and Delta offers direct flights to Accra, Lagos, and Johannesburg directly from Atlanta; Accra and Dakar via NYC-JFK, and 1 stop
connections to Abuja, Monrovia, and future connections to Malabo via Accra. No other US airlines serve Africa and only a handful of African Airlines serve the US from Africa, such as
Ethiopian airways, South African, and Arik Air.
Recognizing that there was a large gap in the market and that European airlines were quickly adding flights to Africa, Delta announced flights to Luanda, Angola; Malabo, Equatorial
Guinea; Abuja, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya; and Monrovia, Liberia, in 2006. The majority of which failed to get approval from the DOT. At the time of announcing the great African expansion, Delta
already had flights to Johannesburg, South Africa; Dakar, Senegal; Accra, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria; and Cairo–all places delta still serves today with the exception of Cairo which ended in 2011 due
to the Arab Spring. Furthermore Delta has also ended service to other destinations that were short lived in the Delta network–such as Cape Town and Luanda. Yet, the majority of
destinations in the great African expansion failed not due to Delta’s due diligent, but due to objections from the TSA! Despite all this, Airlines have continued to grow in Africa,
but the USA airlines are a snail-pace behind European airlines.
had 222 weekly flights to 33 cities in Africa! Yet again, Europe is much closer to Africa than the USA; therefore smaller planes can be used with smaller payloads and less fuel. This gap and
disparity is growing because today United quietly announced they would be ending DULLES-ACCRA service, with their last flight departing Accra bound back for the United States on July 3, 2012. The
removal of this flight will end United’s thrice weekly service aboard a B767-300 from the Ghana-US marketing leaving a void of almost 22,400 seats a year! United also recently ended IAD-LOS
stating they were shifting their traffic to their direct flight from IAH-LOS.
more flights to Africa may be on the chopping block. Either way, Today Ghana and United Airlines are the losers. Despite the pullout, this is a clear win for Delta who will continue to serve
Ghana via both ATL and JFK