Beginning Thursday, Maryland residents will have a new way to travel to West Africa: Air Senegal will begin twice-weekly service to BWI Marshall Airport.
The airline, which acts as the Republic of Senegal’s national flag carrier, will fly two roundtrip flights per week to Dakar’s Blaise Diagne International Airport, according to a news release from BWI.
According to the news release, the flights will be available on Thursdays and Sundays, with one stop at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Hi Fly Malta, a Maltese charter airline, will fly them aboard an Airbus A330-900neo.
Each aircraft will include 32 flatbed business class seats, 21 premium economy seats, and 237 economy seats. Flights arriving in Senegal will clear U.S. Customs in New York before continuing on to BWI Marshall, according to the news release.
“We applaud this new Air Senegal service, which will promote tourism and trade between Maryland and Senegal,” said Ricky Smith, executive director of BWI Marshall Airport. “Many passengers in our National Capital Region will benefit from Air Senegal’s simple access and effective service to West Africa.”
According to the news announcement, Air Senegal is currently committed to serving BWI until late March 2022. From Blaise Diagne, travelers can connect to various African markets, including Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Bamako, Mali; Conakry, Guinea; Banjul, Gambia; Ziguinchor, Senegal; Nouakchott, Mauritania; and Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The addition of Air Senegal to BWI Marshall was described as a “success for the region and a win for the traveling public” by Greg Slater, secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation.
“BWI Marshall typically receives great marks for convenience, comfort, and dependability, and I know our team is excited to offer that service and hospitality to Air Senegal passengers,” Slater said in a statement.