Top 5 North American Airports with Direct Flights to Africa

By Ivan PetrenkoApr 16, 2024 06:30 AMNews
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North American travelers have numerous options for flying directly to Africa, with New York's JFK leading the charge. According to April 2024 data from Cirium, a prominent aviation analytics company, JFK Airport tops the list with the highest number of scheduled flights to the continent. This reflects the growing connectivity between North America and various African destinations.

JFK is not alone in offering extensive service; it's followed by Washington-Dulles and airports in Atlanta, Newark, and Montreal. Each of these airports provides unique routes that cater to a wide range of passengers, from business travelers to tourists seeking adventure in Africa.

At JFK, passengers can choose from multiple airlines including Delta, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, Kenya Airways, Air Senegal, and Royal Air Maroc, with direct flights to cities like Nairobi, Cairo, and Accra. Delta Airlines offers the most frequent service with flights to Accra and Dakar.

Washington-Dulles also boasts a robust schedule with Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, and Royal Air Maroc operating flights to Addis Ababa, Cairo, and Casablanca respectively. United Airlines adds to the mix with routes to Accra, Lagos, and Cape Town.

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, serviced by Delta and Ethiopian Airlines, connects passengers to Lagos, Johannesburg, and Addis Ababa, while Newark Liberty provides 17 weekly flights to key destinations including Cairo and Cape Town.

In Canada, Montreal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport stands out, especially for its numerous flights to Casablanca, facilitated by Royal Air Maroc and Air Canada. This airport is set to enhance its African connections with new routes like the anticipated Montreal to Marrakech flight by Air Transat.

These top five airports are critical hubs for North American travelers looking to explore the vast and diverse landscapes of Africa, offering a mix of convenience, frequency, and variety in destinations.

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