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Delta Expands New York Service to Boosts US-Africa Flight Connectivity 

Author: Selene Brophy - 29 April 2024

Tourism between the U.S. and Africa will see improved service and flight connectivity from U.S. carrier Delta Airlines. The carrier announced plans to restart its service to Nigeria from New York-JFK, and fleet upgrades for its Ghana and South Africa service have been confirmed.

 Expanded Delta Service to Nigeria

Starting 1 December, the airline will revive its daily service from New York-JFK to Lagos, Nigeria, complementing its existing daily flights from Atlanta. This expansion will see Delta offer up to 14 weekly flights to Nigeria during early winter and maintain ten weekly flights for the remainder of the season. The New York-JFK to Lagos, Nigeria route will shift from a daily to three times per week on 16 January next year.

Joe Esposito, Delta’s Senior Vice President of Network Planning, emphasized that the move reflects the airline’s commitment to adapt to customer needs, offering more travel options and premium services. Passengers can choose from several cabin experiences, including Delta One, Delta Premium Select, and Comfort+ on the Airbus A330-200.

Upgraded Fleet for Ghana and South Africa  

Delta is also set to upgrade its aircraft on Ghana and South Africa routes. The New York-JFK to Accra service will see the introduction of the larger Airbus Airbus A330-900neo in late October 2024, increasing capacity by nearly 1,000 seats weekly.

Similarly, flights from Atlanta to Johannesburg and Cape Town will be upgraded to the Airbus A350-900, enhancing the customer experience with 40 Delta One Suite seats now available on the route. The airline operates 10 weekly flights year-round to Johannesburg (JNB) and Cape Town (CPT). The fleet upgrade comes into effect for the Johannesburg route from 20 June and for Delta’s Cape Town Route from 9 September.   

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