LONDON – After a five-year hiatus into Nigeria, United Airlines will return to Lagos with a first-ever non-stop flight from Washington D.C.
Subject to government approval, the service will commence on November 29 on a thrice-weekly basis.
Commenting on the news was Patrick Quayle, United’s VP of International Network and Alliances who stated this service is highly anticipated amongst customers.
“This new flight to Lagos has been highly anticipated by our customers and offers the first-ever nonstop service between Washington, D.C., and Nigeria, as well as convenient, one-stop connections to over 80 destinations throughout the Americas including Houston and Chicago”.
“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.”
Flight times are yet to be confirmed at this stage, but what we do know is that the route will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from Washington and on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from Lagos itself.
The aircraft of choice will be the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, holding 28 seats in their Polaris Business Class, 21 in Premium Plus, 36 in Economy Plus, and 158 in Standard Economy.
United has been aggressively expanding into Africa over the last year or so, irrespective of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with flights to Johannesburg and Accra (Accra frequencies will be increasing daily).
Services to Cape Town are due to return on December 1 as well.