United Airlines to start nonstop service between Washington, D.C., and Accra in 2021

United Airlines to start nonstop service between Washington, D.C., and Accra, Ghana in late spring of 2021.
United Airlines will become the only U.S. carrier serving Accra nonstop from Washington, D.C. with three weekly flights to Accra.

The Chicago-based airline on Wednesday said next spring it will launch three weekly nonstop flights from Washington Dulles International Airport to Accra, Ghana, and Lagos, Nigeria, a bid for travelers visiting friends and family. It had discontinued a Houston-to-Lagos route, at the time its only Africa flight, in 2016 in the wake of the oil bust. United will also add a daily nonstop flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Johannesburg, adding to the South Africa service it launched with a Cape Town flight last December as it chases leisure travelers.

“We are looking to places where we have low share that has more upside for the future United and our travelers,” United’s chief commercial officer, Andrew Nocella, said in an interview.

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