Wednesday, 22 May 2013 06:10
Delta Air Lines Inc. plans to launch weekly service from Atlanta to Monrovia, Liberia, beginning September 4th.
The new service will include a stop in Accra, Ghana. On June 1, Delta is scheduled to start non-stop flights three times weekly from Atlanta to Accra, expanding to four weekly flights on June 14.
Delta announced in November 2008 that it would start service from Atlanta to Monrovia, Liberia's capital, via Sal Island, Cape Verde, on June 8, 2009, but the U.S. Transportation Security Administration denied the route, citing security issues at Roberts International Airport in Monrovia.
The government of Liberia is "working earnestly to ensure that all the necessary requirements are met so that the flights will commence as scheduled," Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said in a May 25 Delta news release.
Delta has received preliminary approval from the U.S. government for the new flight and expects to receive final approval, the news release said.
On June 2, Delta will start non-stop seasonal service between New York and Abuja, Nigeria. Also in June, the airline will add two weekly nonstop flights between Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa, for the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament.
Delta's Africa service has grown from 22 weekly departures in July 2007 to nearly 80 in July 2010, the news release said.
Delta is planning flights to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; Nairobi, Kenya and Luanda, Angola, pending government approvals.