18 September, 2021

United to start Washington, D.C. - Lagos, Nigeria service in November

It has been confirmed that U.S. mega carrier United Airlines will operate a new African route to Nigeria starting this November. 

The airline expects to start the route between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria on 29th November, subject to government approval. It plans to operate the route three times a week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Lagos on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The service will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 28 United Polaris business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus premium economy seats, 36 Economy Plus seats and 158 standard economy seats. 

This new flight builds on United's expansion into Africa and solidifies United's leadership position to Africa from the D.C. metro area, with more flights to the continent than any other airline. 

"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," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of international network and alliances. "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 honoured to work with our partners at United Airlines to welcome their second nonstop connection from Dulles International to the African continent," said Carl Schultz, acting vice president of airline business development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "Lagos joins nearly 50 other nonstop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region's gateway to the world."

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