The United States-based United Airlines is set to begin flight operations from Virginia, the United States to Lagos, Nigeria, as tickets will be available for booking in a few days.

This was disclosed by the airline in a statement published on its website on Saturday.

According to the airline, the new flight to Lagos has been highly anticipated by 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.

Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of international network and alliances, stated,

“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,

“Lagos joins nearly 50 other nonstop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region’s gateway to the world.”

While corroborating the airline’s statement, the US Mission in Nigeria via its Twitter handle confirmed that the airline’s operation will commence on November 29.

It stated, “The “nonstop flights” will fly from Dulles international airport, Virginia, to Lagos, as tickets will be available for booking in a few days.”

“Awesome! A welcome addition to increasing the burgeoning connections between the US and Nigeria!

“We are pleased to see that United Airlines will launch from Dulles International Airport to Lagos starting November 29. Tickets will be available for booking in a few days.”

What you should know about new flight

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.

Just this year, United launched a new service between New York/Newark and Johannesburg, South Africa, and between Washington, D.C. and Accra, Ghana. And this December and January, United will increase its service to Accra from three weekly flights to daily as customers travel home for the winter holidays.

United is also returning its popular service between New York/Newark and Cape Town, South Africa on December 1.

United’s new flights comply with each country’s COVID-19 protocols and customers should check destination requirements before traveling.

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