Frostbite From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1413 times:
Quoting Evan767 (Reply 1): Maybe we will see Delta expanding more into Africa
In the short term, perhaps some frequency/equipment upgrades and connecting the dots (e.g., ATL-ACC), rather than new markets.
It is interesting to speculate which African markets could support direct service to the US that are not already served (or planned). There aren't any really obvious candidates. If Monrovia works out, I could see DL to running a similar low-frequency service to Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Banjul, The Gambia (yes, technically it's "The" Gambia) also comes to mind, if for no other reason than it has a history of nonstop service to the US - most recently with Ghana Airways and North American Airlines. I am not sure what drives that market though - from Europe I think it is primarily tourism. Perhaps the aforementioned carriers used BJL primarily as a tech stop on their services to from ACC/LOS to JFK/BWI.
I am skeptical of ABJ and the rest of Francophone West Africa, with obvious exception of DKR...there is not as much US investment in the Francophone countries, and not much VFR traffic either. ABJ and perhaps Douala are the only ones I could see a US carrier entering....ever. Gabon has oil so maybe there is a snail's chance for LBV, in the next 20 years.
MainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2117 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1378 times:
Quoting Alitalia744 (Thread starter): Africa however seems to remain strong, up 18.9 for premium travel and fares holding strong
I generally see the comparatively few African flights there are, to be buoyed up by officials from European NGOs and aid agencies, the wealthy who run African states' economies, and African government officials. These people are typically immune from global downturns. (I admit this may well be a huge assumption and generalisation)