Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has flown a direct flight from the U.S. to Liberia. It represents the first U.S. carrier to do so since the end of more than a decade of civil war there.
Liberia’s president welcomed the maiden flight on the tarmac of the West African nation. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the flight has “psychological significance” for Liberians.
Previous to the outbreak of civil war in Liberia in 1989, a handful of major airlines offered direct flights—such as Pan American World Airways, Air France, and even the Concord.
Delta in a statement says it will operate flights weekly between Monrovia and the airline’s Atlanta-hub with a stop in Ghana.