Delta Air Lines: restores service to all pre-COVID African markets with return from Johannesburg

  • Nonstop service between Atlanta and Johannesburg resumes August 1
  • Recovery in South Africa restores Delta flights to all pre-COVID African markets including Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Lagos, Nigeria
  • Delta to introduce the A350-900 between the United States and South Africa

Delta will return to South Africa with nonstop service between Atlanta and Johannesburg from August 1, more than a year after flights were suspended due to COVID-19. The return of the airline’s longest non-stop flight marks milestone in Delta’s restoration of service to all of its pre-COVID markets in Africa, including Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Lagos, Nigeria.

“Delta has proudly served South Africa for over 15 years, and we are delighted to return to such a popular tourist market,” said Joe Esposito, SVP – Network Planning. “Two-thirds of Americans say they have planned summer travel, and with increasing demand alongside vaccination rates in the United States, we are bringing more flights and destinations back to meet their expectation to return to the world and to rediscover the pleasure of traveling. ‘

Whether guests are looking to explore historic sites, travel along the country’s beautiful coastline, or take a safari, Delta’s local interline partners also offer convenient connections to Cape Town. Delta’s flights to Johannesburg are operated in partnership with Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic. Customers can also reach South Africa through Delta’s European hubs in Paris and Amsterdam.

Presentation of the Airbus A350-900

Flights from Johannesburg will be operated with the Airbus A350-900, marking the debut of one of Delta’s newest aircraft in its fleet between the United States and South Africa. The aircraft includes the award-winning Delta One Suites and Delta Premium Select cabins, large entertainment screens in the backs of the seats and large capacity trunks, among other enhancements.

Customers traveling to South Africa will also benefit from a wide new embedded content this summer, including 21 new feature films like the critically acclaimed “Nomadland,” “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “The Father”.

For meal service, Delta offers uniquely designed menu items that reflect regional flavors. All guests will receive a choice of appetizer with an aperitif and dessert in addition to a full bar selection or a soft drink. Customers seated in the master cabin can enjoy dishes like beef stew with jollof rice, fried plantains and sautéed spinach, or Malaysian chicken curry with coconut rice and French green beans at ginger. Those traveling to Delta One can pre-order their choice of meals on flights between the United States and South Africa and can look forward to favorites like Peri Peri Chicken or Grilled Shrimp with Rice. with jasmine.

Connections across Africa

Delta currently operates nearly 20 weekly flights to its African markets, including a daily service between Atlanta and Lagos as well as between New York-JFK and Accra, and a service five times a week between JFK and Dakar. On July 8, Delta will also resume service four times a week to Lagos from JFK.

With Delta’s partners operating across the continent, customers can establish one-stop-shop connections to 42 additional markets in 32 countries.

Customers are encouraged to review the entry requirements for their destination, including whether a vaccination certificate or negative COVID-19 test is required. Find details on the Delta discovery map at or visit the official government website of the destination country.

Delta’s service between Atlanta and Johannesburg will operate as follows:

Flight Departures Come Days of operation

DL 200

ATL at 7:00 p.m.

JNB at 4.30 p.m. (the next day)

Wed / Fri / Sun

DL 201

JNB at 10:55 p.m.

ATL at 9:15 am (the next day)

Mon / Thursday / Sat

Delta continues to offer customers more ways to rediscover the pleasure of traveling. Learn more about what the airline is doing to facilitate plan upcoming trips, obtain medallion status, and have a nice trip.

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