Air Senegal has commenced a one-stop service between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Dakar’s Blaise Diagne International Airport.
The Senegalese airline will now jostle with Delta Airlines in this lucrative Senegal-U.S. route which will also operate through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Air Senegal initially intended to operate its maiden U.S. services to Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport via New York City’s JFK Airport.
In a statement, Ricky Smith, Executive Director of BWI Marshall Airport said, “We welcome this new Air Senegal service, which will foster tourism and trade opportunities between Maryland and Senegal,”
“Air Senegal will offer easy access and efficient service to West Africa for many travelers throughout our National Capital region.”
“The additional of Air Senegal to the BWI Marshall family is a win for the region and a win for the traveling public,” Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Greg Slater said in the statement. “BWI Marshall consistently earns high ratings for convenience, comfort, and reliability, and I know our team is looking forward to extending that service and hospitality to Air Senegal customers.”
The new U.S. routes will enable convenient air service for travelers from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Bamako, Mali; Conakry, Guinea; Banjul, Gambia; Ziguinchor, Senegal; Nouakchott, Mauritania, and Freetown, and Sierra Leone.
State-owned Air Senegal serves 13 countries throughout West and Central Africa, as well as Spain, France, and Italy in Europe.
Using its 290-seater Airbus A330-900NEO aircraft, equipped with 32 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats, and 237 economy class seats, Air Senegal will fly twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays, and also air freight up to 13 tons of cargo per flight.
According to its flight schedules, Air Senegal’s outbound Flight HX407 will leave Dakar at 1:30 A.M. and will arrive at JFK Airport around 6:00 A.M. Likewise, it will depart JFK at 8:30 A.M. and arrive at Washington/Baltimore International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) at 10 A.M.
On the return leg, Air Senegal will leave BWI at 8:25 p.m. to arrive in New York at 9:55 p.m., departing again at 11:55 p.m. to arrive back in Dakar at 12:25 p.m. the next day.