Delta is to launch a new nonstop route between New York JFK and Lagos next year.

The thrice-weekly service will start on March 24, 2018, departing JFK on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 2250, landing into Lagos at 1405 the following day.

The return leg will leave the Nigerian city at 2230, arriving back into New York at 0530 the following day.

The route will be operated by an A330-200 aircraft configured for 34 seats in Delta One business class, 32 Delta Comfort + seats, and 168 Main Cabin seats.

The US carrier already serves Lagos with four weekly flights from its Atlanta hub. Delta also operates flights to the African cities of Accra, Dakar, and Johannesburg.

Commenting on the new service Henry Kuykendall, Delta’s vice president-New York said:

“JFK is one of Delta’s gateways to the world, and we’re proud to make that world a little smaller with the launch of service to Lagos.

“This new route to the African continent joins existing service from JFK to Dakar and Accra, and follows new transatlantic routes to Lisbon, Berlin [a route which restarted in May after a gap of six years] and Glasgow that began this spring.

“We’re proud to continue to grow and refine our network to serve the more than 27 million Delta customers that pass through New York every year.”