U.S-based United Airlines will begin flying from Virginia, mainland United States to Lagos, Nigeria by September 29, as part of its operations expansion roadmap.
The new airports routes comprises of all nine passenger service airports in Virginia, including Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport, Newport News-Williamsburg Intl. Airport, Norfolk International Airport, Richmond International Airport, Roanoke Regional Airport, Washington Dulles Airport, and Ronald Regan Washington National Airport.
This, according to the airline is a follow up to its recently announced direct non-stop flights from Lagos, Nigeria to Washington Dulles from November 29, 2021.
According to a statement published on its website on Saturday, 18 September, the new Virginia to Lagos flight has been highly anticipated by customers.
United Airlines recently offered the first-ever nonstop service between Washington, D.C., and Nigeria, as well as new connections to over 80 destinations throughout the Americas including Houston and Chicago.
Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of international network and alliances, stated: “On behalf of all of United, we’d like to offer our sincere thanks to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and U.S. Department of Transportation for supporting our plans to provide this service.
“We are honored to work with our partners at United Airlines to welcome their second nonstop connection from Dulles International to the African continent.
“Lagos joins nearly 50 other nonstop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region’s gateway to the world.”
United Airlines have been steadily solidifying its position in Africa as one of the leading airline service.
The American airline voluntarily exited Nigeria since 2016, and in June this year entered an agreement with NAHCO as its preferred partner, providing passenger and ground handling services.
With this new moves, United Airlines hopes to connect Africa to the D.C. metro area, with more flights to the continent than any other airline.
Commenting on the recent announcement, the US Mission in Nigeria via Twitter started that the “nonstop flights” will fly from Dulles international airport, Virginia, to Lagos, as tickets will be available for booking in a few days.”
“Awesome! A welcome addition to increasing the burgeoning connections between the US and Nigeria!
“We are pleased to see that United Airlines will launch from Dulles International Airport to Lagos starting November 29. Tickets will be available for booking in a few days.”
This year alone, United began flight operations between New York/Newark and Johannesburg, South Africa, and between Washington, D.C. and Accra, Ghana.