Delta Air Lines Inc. has resumed pre-pandemic flight operations at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Four flights per week are scheduled between Lagos and New York-JFK.
The flight from JFK joins Delta’s existing daily service to Atlanta, which resumed last September after a brief suspension due to the airport’s closure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Customers will be able to connect onto flights to 130 destinations across the United States within four hours of arriving in either Atlanta or New York, according to the airline.
According to a statement issued on Monday, Delta flies Airbus A330-200 aircraft to Nigeria, with Delta One business class, complete with fully flat-bed seats and aisle access for all, as well as Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin.
Bobby Bryan, Delta Air Lines’ Commercial Director for Africa, stated that “Delta is the longest-serving US airline in Nigeria, and the country remains an important market for us.”
“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”.
The additional service from New York, according to the statement, also provides cargo customers with increased capacity for the safe transportation of cargo from Nigeria.
It claimed that with short connection times in New York, cargo could be quickly forwarded to destinations across the United States and beyond. Delta’s flights to Lagos, which have been in operation since 2007, helping to maintain Nigeria’s economic and trade ties with the United States.
According to data from the US Trade Representative, the value of US goods and services trade with Nigeria was estimated to be $10.4 billion in 2019, with exports worth $5.3 billion and imports worth $5.1 billion. Meanwhile, US foreign direct investment in Nigeria (stock) totalled $5.5 billion in 2019, a 21.5 per cent increase over 2018.
Customers travelling between Nigeria and the United States are advised to review entry requirements prior to departure.