Business News of 2014-08-06

Delta Air Lines revises flights on Accra-Monrovia route

Delta Air Lines has partnered SkyTeam and Kenya Airways to offer connecting flights between Monrovia, Liberia, and Accra, Ghana.

The services will begin from September 1 this year and would operate three times a week on a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Kenya Airways.

A statement from Delta Air Lines said the Kenya Airways flight would offer connections with Delta’s non-stop flights between the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

“Delta has had a presence in Liberia for four years and we are pleased to be able to continue this association with the country through our new partnership with Kenya Airways,” Delta’s Senior Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Perry Cantarutti, said.

“Delta recognises the importance of offering services between Monrovia and the United States and we would like to thank the Liberian government for its continued support. Delta remains committed to the country and facilitating travel to the US with our Kenya Airways partner,” he added.

The statement added that the new service would replace Delta’s three times weekly operations from Monrovia’s Roberts International Airport to KIA.

As a result, passengers connecting to Delta’s Accra to New York-JFK services from Kenya Airways would enjoy thorough check-in for their entire journey from Monrovia– collecting their boarding passes and checking in luggage from Monrovia through to their final destination in the United States, it explained.

Passengers connecting in Accra will be able to proceed directly to the transit lounge without the need to clear Ghanaian immigration for the flight departure from Delta’s dedicated airport gates to New York.

It also indicated that Delta staff would be on hand to ease the connecting customer process. The transit time in Accra is anticipated to be one-and-a-half hours. "SkyMiles and Flying Blue members will continue to enjoy mileage accrual and elite benefits like extra baggage allowance, priority boarding and lounge access on both airlines. Business class passengers connecting through KIA will also be able to access the new Sanbra Priority Lounge, which is positioned next to Delta’s airport gates and provides customers with a luxury lounge experience prior to their flight to New York-JFK," the statement added.

It said Delta’s sales office would remain open in Liberia to sell tickets to the US. The same, it said, applied to tickets from the US to Liberia.

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