Earlier this year, Delta Air Lines launched its first direct flight between Liberia and the United States. The service operates on weekly basis and connect Liberia’s capital city Monrovia with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The airline holds base at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as well. The flights to Monrovia operate via a midway stopover in Accra, Ghana. Monrovia is seventh African destination served by Delta Airline.
The airline operates a Boeing 767-300 ER on this route that has a seating capacity of 15 seats. Passengers can reserve seats in all three cabins i.e. 34 Business Elite seats and 181 seats in Economy. Delta Airline is one of the very few American based airlines that provides direct flights from / to Africa to US and connects about 150 destinations throughout the countries. The airline’s first services to and From African continent started in 2006 while in September 2010, the airline operated flights to seven African destinations in six countries from the United States. Some of the very popular air-routes with Delta Airline include flights to Boston, New York-JFK, Washington, D.C., and Chicago via its hub at Atlanta.
Within Africa, Delta is one of the most expanded airlines and in addition to Monrovia; it offers flights to Accra, Ghana, Abuja, Nigeria, Cairo, Egypt, Dakar, Senegal, Johannesburg, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria. Delta also intends to serve Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Nairobi, Kenya and Luanda, Angola once government approvals are received.
According to Delta Airline, Senior Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Perry Cantarutti, these new flights between Monrovia and Atlanta significantly expands international travel options for Liberian travelers and underscore Delta’s ongoing commitment to Africa. The airline is the only direct flight between Liberia and United States. Hopes are high that such endeavors will help strengthen business and tourism links between the U.S. and this fast-growing African economy.