After Five Years, Nigerians Travelling to United States Can Board a Direct Flight from Lagos to Washington DC

After Five Years, Nigerians Travelling to United States Can Board a Direct Flight from Lagos to Washington DC

  • United Airlines has inaugurated its new nonstop service between its hub at Washington Dulles International Airport and Murtala Muhammed International Airport
  • This is the first time Nigeria will be getting its first direct flight with the arrival of the first into Lagos on Wednesday, 1 December 2021
  • Earlier this year, United Airlines launched a new service between Johannesburg and New York/Newark as well as between Accra and Washington, DC

United Airlines, a major American airline, has announced it will now provide a nonstop from Lagos international airport to Washington, DC.

The new service marks United Airlines' return to Nigeria after five years and will be flying a Boeing 787-8 on the route three times per week.

On Monday, at Dulles, the airline sent the flight off with a grand celebration and reached the next chapter in the airline’s Africa expansion and will be in Nigeria today, Wednesday, December 2021.

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After seven years, Nigerians traveling to United States can board a direct flight from Lagos to Washington D.C
United Airlines planes sit on the runway Credit: Photo by Spencer Platt
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The other United States airline flying directly to Lagos is Delta Air Lines but no Nigerian airline flies to the US from Nigeria.

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Delta Airline also operates daily flights from its hub in Atlanta and offered three weekly flights from New York to Lagos.

US Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard in a statement said the new direct flight from Nigeria to the United States is an exciting initiative that further expands the economic relationship between the two countries.

She added

"United Airlines, we wish in the near future that you consider the inclusion of other cities, such as Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano.”

Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of International Network Planning and Alliances also said the new flight from Lagos will reinforce the ongoing commitment to connect more Africans to the country.

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He said:

“This highly anticipated service will provide a key gateway between Lagos and Washington D.C., as well as easy one-stop connections to almost 80 destinations across the Americas, including Houston and Chicago.
"This new flight builds on United’s expansion into Africa and solidifies the airline’s leadership position from Africa to the U.S. Earlier this year, United launched new service between Johannesburg and New York/Newark and between Accra and Washington, D.C."

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