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Delta Air Lines Seeks Collaborations To Provide More Flights To Africa
Delta Air Lines is setting its sights on expanding its presence in the African air transport market. Recognizing the potential for socio-economic development if connectivity is enhanced. With an increased demand for its African destinations, Delta Air Lines has identified the region as one of importance. It has tailored its operations to meet the requirements of passengers traveling between the United States and various African countries.
Travel is at Pre-Pandemic Levels
According to the International Air Transport Association, passenger traffic in Africa has experienced a significant recovery in 2023. Several regions have surpassed pre-pandemic activity levels.
In contrast, passenger traffic in Southern Africa is recovering at a slower pace, currently at 86 percent of 2019 levels. Officials expect that all regions will continue to experience rising figures throughout 2024. The airline has reported high load factors in and out of Africa this year, reaching levels comparable to those of 2019.
During the first and second quarters of 2023, the airline witnessed positive trends compared to the same period the previous year. The airline has observed an increase in combined business and leisure travel. They also anticipate a higher demand in the third and fourth quarters of the year.
Delta Air Lines has Served Africa for 17 Years
The airline operates flights from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to various African destinations, including Johannesburgm, Tambo and Cape Town International.
The company is open to collaborating with its joint venture partners, such as Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic, to expand its reach to more African cities. This partnership approach allows for increased connectivity and access to a wider range of destinations.
In-Flight Experiences and Community Outreach
Delta Air Lines has customized its services and in-flight experience to cater to passengers from different markets. This includes offering local dishes from the countries they are flying to and providing access to local channel broadcasts as part of the in-flight entertainment.
In addition to its operational efforts, Delta Air Lines engages in community development and sustainability initiatives in Africa. By collaborating with various communities, the airline aims to reduce waste and create employment opportunities for disadvantaged individuals.
The Director of Sales for Africa, Middle East & Indian Sub-Continent, Jimmy Eichelgruen, expressed his belief in the pivotal role airlines play in the socio-economic activities of a destination. He emphasized Delta Air Lines’ commitment to Africa and underscored the airline’s dedication to boosting economic development.
With Delta Air Lines’ strategic approach and recognition of the African market’s potential, the airline is poised to make a lasting impact on the region’s air transport industry. It will help to further its socio-economic growth and fostering connections between nations.