It is not easy to fly directly from one African country to another, but it is even harder attempting to fly from the continent to overseas destinations such as the US and Europe.
Apparently, there are only four airlines in Africa that offer direct flights to the United States of America from any of the few countries on the continent.
Also it is only seven countries in Africa which have direct flights to the USA using flight services being offered by the four airlines plying the few available routes.
The African Countries with direct flights from the continent to the US include South Africa which is linked with two carriers, Delta and United airlines.
Kenya is the only country among the seven member states of the East African Community (EAC) which has direct flights from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to the United States.
Flights from Nairobi to the US are provided by only one airline, the country’s national carrier, the Kenya Airways.
Egypt, the North most country, also offers direct flights from its Capital, Cairo to the United States aboard the country’s national airline, Egyptair.
Passengers can also fly from Nigeria to North America directly by using Delta Airlines, which also serves the Johannesburg route.
There is no doubt that Ethiopia, the country with the largest and most effective airline on the continent, must offer direct flights from Addis Ababa to the United States (USA), Europe, as well as other overseas destinations.
The country’s national carrier, the Ethiopian, also links the country to all other destinations in Africa.
Morocco, which distance wise should be much closer to the United States, also enjoys direct flights to Casablanca to New York and other North America destinations aboard the Royal Air Morac.
It may have been the first country in Africa to gain independence, which means Ghana should know a thing or two about international flights, right? Well, wrong.
As it happens, Accra still relies on Ethiopian Airlines to link the country with direct trips to the United States. All the same Ghana is one of the only four countries in Africa that have direct air links to North America.
There are 55 countries on the African continent. Few of them have active airlines while there are still those with badly performing national carriers which do not venture beyond their borders nor fly across the oceans.