The Government of Liberia (GoL) has announced an agreement with Delta Airlines and Kenya Airways to continue convenient air services between Robert's International Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.
According to a MICAT release, the agreement was reached following meetings held in Atlanta, Georgia between a Government delegation comprising the Legal Advisor to the President and the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President.
The delegation, which also comprised the Liberian Consul-General in Atlanta, Ms. Cynthia Blanchard, met with Perry Canturutti, Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Robert Rivkin, Senior Vice President, Regulatory& International Affairs and Deputy General Counsel.
"Delta has been a partner with the Government of Liberia and through these discussions has demonstrated clear commitment to maintaining that relationship. We will continue to work with Delta as they continue to re-evaluate the market and re-introduce their aircraft to Monrovia", Cllr. Seward Cooper remarked.
Delta Air lines and its SkyTeam partner, Kenya Airways have reached an agreement on interline partnership beginning at the end of August.
Kenya Airways will operate three flights a week and offer connections with Delta's nonstop flights between Accra's Kotoka International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The service replaces Delta's three-time weekly operations from Monrovia's Roberts International Airport to Accra, Ghana.
For his part, Deputy Chief of Staff Gyude Moore confirmed that purpose of their discussions was to either retain the flights or agree on an option that would bring us, as close as possible to the current experience.
"I believe this option achieves that, thanks to cooperation from Delta and its partner, Kenya Airways. You will notice that passengers will check their bags once - to the final destination, the transit time is competitive - about an hour and a half, and passengers will not go through Ghanaian immigration. And these conditions apply to both legs of the flight whether going from Monrovia to JFK or from JFK back to Monrovia", Moore concluded.
Meanwhile, the GoL has announced that the Sales Offices of Delta Airlines will remain open in Liberia and continue to sell tickets to the U.S., while the airline will also continue selling tickets from the U.S. to Liberia.
Both Delta and the Government of Liberia will continue to explore ways to boost the route and thereby end this interim arrangement.
It can be recalled that Delta Airlines announced a suspension of its flights to Monrovia beginning August 31, due to low passenger demand.