Delta resumes Lagos to Atlanta operations with extra safety measures


By Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo

Delta Airlines has resumed Lagos to Atlanta operations with its Boeing 767-300 aircraft with four times a week with departures on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Delta’s Commercial Director – Africa, Bobby Bryan said that the airline knows how important access to the United States is for its customers and now that the restrictions have been lifted, that Delta management are now looking forward to re-start its Lagos service to facilitate travel and business opportunities in Atlanta and beyond.

“Customers will have a different flying experience the next time they step onboard but this is to ensure the highest standards of safety for them and our people, which is our number one priority.

We are also offering additional flexibility with tickets so customers have extra peace of mind should they need it.”

Consequently, flights between Lagos and Atlanta will temporarily make a brief stop in Dakar, with final administrative approvals for nonstop service expected shortly. Customers will not be able to board or disembark in Senegal.

Last month, Delta announced that it will extend its middle seat block and limit the number of customers on board every flight until at least January 6, 2021. For customers traveling alone or with one other companion, middle seats will be blocked for safety.

For parties of three or more, middle seats will appear as available for booking, to allow families and travel companions to select seats together.

Customers can also continue enjoying peace of mind in case their travel plans change.

For all new flights purchased through December 31, 2020, travelers have the option to change their flight without a change fee for a year from the date of purchase.

Changing an existing booking is easy via “My Trips” on or in the Fly Delta app.

As part of its COVID-19 health and safety measures, Delta requires employees and customers to wear a face mask or appropriate covering when travelling.

Furthermore, the airline has introduced the Delta CareStandard its commitment to a superior level of cleanliness, more space and safer service designed to ensure customers can travel with confidence.

The airline noted that it has founded a Global Cleanliness Division dedicated to innovating and evolving its already-high cleanliness standards to ensure a consistently safe and sanitized experience across its facilities and aircraft for employees and customers, alike.

Customers travelling between Nigeria and the United States will see these measures on their next flight.

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They include: Sanitizing the aircraft before every flight Stateof-the-art air circulation systems with HEPA filters that extract more than 99.99per cent of fine particles in the air, including viruses and bacteria, on all transAtlantic flights (and mostly across Delta’s network).

Boarding flights from back-tofront – reducing the instances of customers needing to pass by one another Temporarily streamlining onboard food and beverage service providing supplies directly to customers when available, including hand sanitizers in wellness kits Delta’s Lagos-Atlanta service will operate as follows: Flight DL249 departs Lagos at 20:15 and arrives Atlanta at 05:30 (next day) on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays Flight DL248 will depart Atlanta at 22:25 and arrive Lagos at 17:05 (next day) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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