As part of plans to expand its global route, United Airlines has announced a new, nonstop service between Nigeria and the United States. This new service marks the airline’s return to Nigeria since it left in 2016.

The new nonstop service starting in late Spring 2021, will make United the only airline serving Washington, D.C. from Lagos, with three weekly flights. The new service from Lagos to Washington Dulles will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

According to the Managing Director International Sales, Marcel Fuchs, the new service will strengthen the airline’s international route network and provide customers from Nigeria direct access to the United States and the possibility to connect via the Washington Dulles hub to various destinations across the Americas.

The new route is subject to government approval and tickets will be available for purchase on and the United app in the coming weeks.

The airline has also announced a return to Ghana while expanding its connectivity in South Africa. In addition to the three times weekly service between Cape Town and New York/Newark, the airline is set to introduce a nonstop daily service between Johannesburg and New York/Newark.

United which stopped flights to Ghana in 2012 will make a return in late Spring 2021, serving Accra nonstop from Washington, D.C., with three weekly flights.