A month ago Delta CEO Ed Bastian told employees in an “Ask Ed Anything” segment,
Africa is a growing, developing continent. Still relatively small in the scheme of things but I think over time it’s going to grow to a large theater of operation for us. Today Delta is the largest carrier to Africa from the US. While some of the other carriers have dropped out over the last number of years, we haven’t, we’ve stayed strong in Africa.
We’re going to look to continue to grow not only the flying we do there but also the work that we do with Kenya Airways which is one of our partners in Africa through Nairobi and other places that we can serve beyond.
Kenya Airways is another subsidized carrier Delta favors working with. The troubled carrier became largely government owned a year ago to salvage it, while diluting private owners including Air France KLM.
Bastian says “Africa’s an interesting continent.” He expects rising commodity prices to drive increased business travel to Africa “which will drive more opportunities” for Delta service.
A larger presence in Africa might force them to loosen restrictions on award tickets booked from there.