• Chidozie Uzoezie

United Airlines Launches New Non-stop Flights to Africa

Updated: Sep 17

United Airlines is set to launch new non-stop services to three destinations in Africa including Lagos in Nigeria, Accra in Ghana, and Johannesburg in South Africa.

From the spring of 2021, United will offer three-weekly flights from Washington, D.C to Lagos and Accra as well as a daily service from New York/Newark to Johannesburg.

Flights to both Lagos and Accra will be operated using a fleet of ultramodern and passenger pleasing Boeing 787-8 while flights to Johannesburg will be operated by a Boeing 787-9.

When launched, United will become the only American carrier to serve Accra and Lagos nonstop from Washington, D.C.

The new service between New York and Johannesburg will be in addition to United’s seasonal, three-times-weekly service between Newark/New York and Cape Town.

By adding new daily nonstop flights between Newark/New York and Johannesburg in spring 2021, the airline will operate more flights to South Africa than any other U.S. carrier.

United's Boeing 787s feature United Polaris business class, a premium travel experience featuring luxury bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue and restaurant-quality, multi-course inflight dining to premium amenity kits and full flat-bed seats.

United's newly announced international routes are subject to government approval and tickets will be available for purchase on and the United app in the coming weeks.

The Washington metropolitan area has the second-largest population of Ghanaians in the United States, and Lagos is the largest Western African destination from the United States.

Now, with 65 different U.S. cities connecting through Washington Dulles, United will offer convenient one-stop connections to Western Africa.

United Airlines operated last to Nigeria in 2016 after it ended its daily service between Houston and Lagos due to difficulty in the repatriation of funds and downturn in the energy sector.

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