While living in the Twin Cities or other areas of Minnesota does give us a definite advantage of being just a single non-stop away from Europe and Asia, there are plenty of other options that can be just as attractive ways to jet to your destination. Granted, with the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) being home to a major Delta hub, just the thought of being able to take just a single flight to Amsterdam, London, Paris, Tokyo or Seoul makes for a more relaxing and less complex trip. Delta offers quick connections to cities worldwide via codeshares with KLM in Amsterdam, Air France in Paris, and next year with Korean Airlines in Seoul.
Of course, with COVID19 going strong across the U.S., not many of us are thinking about leaving the country anytime soon. But when we are finally released from captivity, getting out of Dodge is going to be first and foremost for many regular travelers. If your plans have you heading in a different direction than what Delta offers non-stop from Minnesota, you may want to consider a connection at one of United Airlines international gateways. Here are a few interesting new routes the Chicago-based carrier announced recently:
- Washington DC, Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Accra, Ghana (ACC), three times weekly begin Spring, 2021.
- Washington DC, Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Lagos, Nigeria (LOS), three times weekly starting Spring, 2021.
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Delhi, India (DEL), daily non-stops begin in December, 2020.
- Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB), daily non-stops starting Spring, 2021.
Service on all of the above routes will be via Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
If you’re a Sky Miles devotee (like yours truly), you can stay online via a Delta connection at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York to Africa and India, or fly the 16-hour and 55 minute non-stop to Johannesburg from Atlanta (ATL).