Delta to launch direct Accra-Atlanta flights

Delta Airlines has agreed to operate direct flights from Accra to the US city of Atlanta, Georgia next year, following a request by Ghanaian president John Mahama.

Welcoming the news, Mahama said that Ghana's passenger numbers were growing and that currently commuters travelling between Accra and Atlanta had to change in New York or other airports on the way. He also stated Ghana's aim of becoming the west African region's aviation hub, pointing to his government's plans to build a new international airport at Dangme West, about 30km outside Accra.

Mahama said that the land was secured and that the government was seeking investment in the project. Pending further developments on the proposed new airport, the president said the existing Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra is currently undergoing refurbishment.