The new airline flight schedule to fly from Atlanta to Luanda, Angola by Delta Air Lines Inc. has been canceled. The airline was to launch its first flight from Atlanta to Luanda on January 20 but cancelled it due to weak consumer demand.
Delta gained government approvals for the route in 2010 after a two-year application process.
Delta spokesman Kent Landers said “We retain the necessary government approvals to start the route at a future date.” He did not say when Delta would retry the launch.
The Atlanta-Luanda flight was to include a stop in Dakar, Senegal, which Delta currently serves from New York. The Atlanta-Dakar service will not begin independent of the Angola route, Landers said. Delta previously offered service from Atlanta to Dakar but moved it to New York in 2009.
Delta’s expansion into Africa has not always gone as planned. In 2009, planned flight launches to Nairobi, Kenya, and Monrovia, Liberia, were nixed by the US Transportation Security Administration, which cited insufficient security at the African airports.
Delta launched the Liberia flight in 2010 but has yet to begin Kenya service. The company offers service from New York to Cairo.