Tuesday, October 2, 2012

► TANZANIA: Delta Airlines opens ticket office in Dar es Salaam.

Delta AirlinesAmerican carrier Delta Airlines (DL) has opened a ticketing office in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, as the airline moves to strengthen and consolidate its presence in East Africa, a prime tourist destinations for many Americans.

During the during the launching of the carrier's third office in East Africa (the others being in Nairobi and Kampala) last week, Robert Bryan, Delta’s Director Commercial Manager for East Africa and West Africa, noted:
Robert Bryan
Robert Bryan
“As US Investors, we are excited to invest in the East African market and we are here because we realize the potential in this country and the surrounding EAC region,” he said.

Earlier this year, whilst on tour in Atlanta, USA, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga gave a presentation on Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where he discussed JKIA and the improvements being made to airport security and handling there in order to make direct flights between Kenya and the US (Delta Airlines have expressed interest in starting Atlanta - Dakar - Nairobi), a reality.

With their African route network primarily focusing on western and southern Africa: namely Accra (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria), Dakar (Senegal), Johannesburg (South Africa), and Monrovia (Liberia), no immediate mention was made about any new routes to East Africa however.