7-Oct-2010 3:23 PM

Delta responds to increased demand for African services

Delta Air Lines spokesman Kent Landers stated there are key factors that attribute to the increase in growth in the African region (All Africa, 05-Oct-2010). Mr Landers attributed (04-Oct-2010) the growth to three key factors: strong economic growth across the continent, the large number of African-born American citizens who are traveling back and forth to Africa on personal and business travel, and increased investment in the continent's oil and natural resource industries. Air traffic between the US and Africa is growing at more than 5% p/a.

Delta Air Lines "There has been an underserved U.S.-Africa demand for many years that historically has not had many options for service other than circuitous routings through Europe ... We began to fill that void in 2006 (by beginning service to Johannesburg from Atlanta via Dakar). Now that flight operates nonstop and has been very successful." Kent Landers, spokesman. Source: All Africa, 05-Oct-2010.

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