Quick Take: Delta adds to Africa service

Quick Take:

Growing at an established destination in Europe is a bit less “Delta Dartboard” than other options might present. And maybe the energy market is stabilized/recovering enough to make this route more viable. Not a “typical” add but also not a particularly crazy one.

The flight times are slightly challenging, with a west-bound redeye and a long layover for the crew but the existing Atlanta service is similar and this could let the crew return to the alternate airport, reducing the total time in Lagos.

NEW YORKAug. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) is offering customers a new way to reach Lagos, Nigeria, beginning March 24, 2018, via new service from the airline’s New York-JFK hub. Flights will operate three times weekly, complementing the existing four-times-weekly service from Atlanta.

“JFK is one of Delta’s gateways to the world, and we’re proud to make that world a little smaller with the launch of service to Lagos,” said Henry Kuykendall, Delta’s Vice President-New York. “This new route to the African continent joins existing service from JFK to Dakar and Accra, and follows new trans-Atlantic routes to LisbonBerlin and Glasgow that began this spring. We’re proud to continue to grow and refine our network to serve the more than 27 million Delta customers that pass through New York every year.”

Delta’s New York-JFK – Lagos service is scheduled to operate as follows:

Flight Number



Days of Operation


New York-JFK at 10:50 p.m.

Lagos at 2:05 p.m.  (next day)

Tue., Thurs., Sun.


Lagos at 10:30 p.m.

New York-JFK at 5:30 a.m. (next day)

Mon., Wed., Fri.

Delta is the leading U.S. airline in Africa and flies to four cities:  Accra, GhanaDakar, Senegal; and Johannesburg, South Africa; in addition to Lagos, where Delta will mark its 10th anniversary of service in December.

Nigeria has been a strategically important market for Delta over the past 10 years and is a mainstay in our African network,” said Dwight James, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Trans-Atlantic. “As we look ahead to the next decade, we are improving the product offering with the A330 and increasing the number of seats from Lagos.”

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Seth Miller

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  1. More profitable than most flights to europe. Delta knows how much of a cash cow lagos is for them.

    Delta is trying to compete with Arik non-stop jfk-los. Hmmm, Arik has been bleeding and i doubt they care to make profit.

    UNited iah-los wasnt all energy. Texas has the highest population of nigerians. United actually complained about not getting the oil contracts and so they pulled out. Cant blame the nigerians that refused to fly the wretched aircrafts, when The arab airlines had better options

    1. Arik already cut the route so no competition there. Are you suggesting that Arik dropped it because profits were too great? That’s all sorts of bizarre.

      And suggesting that people are flying IAH-LOS via DXB – a nearly 40 hour journey with a 13 hour layover in DXB – versus the nonstop because the 787 is a “wretched” aircraft is a ludicrous combination of logic.

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