Delta Air Lines announced on Thursday the introductory fares for its new African flights to Monrovia, Liberia, which is expected to begin on September 4 after a nearly two-year delay.Delta announced in November 2008 that it would start service from the United States to Monrovia, Liberia, its seventh destination in the African continent. However, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) denied the route on June 8, 2009, due to security issues at the Monrovia’s airport.
Last May, Delta announced that Liberia was working eagerly to meet all requirements to have the flight route approved. As a result of the advances the TSA granted a preliminary approval for Delta’s proposed route.
Delta is the first U.S. carrier serving Africa nonstop from American soil. In the summer of 2007, Delta offered 22 weekly departures to and from Africa and since then it has grown to nearly 80 departures in the summer of 2010.
This fall, Delta will operate flights to seven African destinations: Accra, Ghana; Abuja, Nigeria; Cairo, Egypt; Dakar, Senegal; Johannesburg, South Africa; Lagos, Nigeria; and Monrovia, Liberia. The airline is planning to expand its routes to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea and Nairobi, Kenya but approvals are pending.
The fares announced for the travel between the United States and Monrovia, Liberia, via Accra, Ghana, ranged from $639 to $749 each way but round-trip purchase is required.