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Delta’s Liberia Passengers Will Have to Catch Flight from Accra

first_imgDelta Air Lines last week announced that it has reached agreement on what it calls “an enhanced partnership” with SkyTeam partner Kenya Airways to offer convenient connecting flights between Monrovia, Liberia, and Accra, Ghana.The services will begin effective September 1, 2014, operating three times a week on a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Kenya Airways (KQ). The Kenya Airways flight will offer seamless and convenient connections with Delta’s nonstop flights between Accra’s Kotoka International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.“Delta has had a presence in Liberia for four years and we are pleased to be able to continue this association with the country through our new partnership with Kenya Airways,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Delta recognizes the importance of offering services between Monrovia and the United States and we would like to thank the Liberian Government for its continued support. Delta remains committed to the country and facilitating travel to the U.S. with our Kenya Airways partner.”This service replaces Delta’s three-times weekly operations from Monrovia’s Roberts International Airport to Accra, Ghana. Passengers connecting onto Delta’s Accra to New York-JFK services from Kenya Airways will enjoy through check-in for their entire journey from Monrovia – collecting their boarding passes and checking in luggage from Monrovia through to their final destination in the United States.Passengers connecting in Accra will be able to proceed directly to the transit lounge, without the need to clear Ghanaian immigration, for the flight departure from Delta’s dedicated airport gates to New York. Delta staff will be on hand to ease the connecting customer process and the transit time in Accra is anticipated to be one and a half hours. SkyMiles and Flying Blue members will continue to enjoy mileage accrual and elite benefits like extra baggage allowance, priority boarding, and lounge access on both airlines.Business class passengers connecting through Kotoka International Airport will be able to access the new Sanbra Priority Lounge, which is positioned next to Delta’s airport gates, and provides customers with a luxury lounge experience prior to their flight to New York-JFK. The lounge has capacity for 108 people with leather seating, free Wi-Fi, complimentary snacks and a wide variety of soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as televisions and shower facilities.Delta’s sales office will remain open in Liberia and continue to sell tickets to the U.S. The airline will also continue selling tickets from the U.S. to Liberia.Kenya Airways’ Regional General Manager for West Africa, America, Europe & Asia Pacific, Julius Thairu said: “This strategic partnership with Delta Air Lines enhances our presence in West Africa and cements our position as Africa’s premier airline. By providing a seamless connection from Liberia to Delta’s Accra to New York service, it significantly boosts Kenya Airways’ efforts to link Africa to the rest of the world. This will provide our guests from Africa with an additional efficient and convenient connection to the U.S. on Delta Air Lines. It ties in with our long-term growth strategy to increase our footprint across the world.”The Monrovia-Accra-New York schedule will leave Monrovia at 18:00 and arrive at 20:00 and arrive in Accra at 20:00. Thereafter, it leaves Accra at 22:35 and arrives at  05:13.Delta’s daily services between Accra and New York are operated with a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 225 seats, comprising 25 seats in BusinessElite, 29 in Premium Economy and 171 seats in Economy.Once onboard, passengers in the BusinessElite cabin will enjoy forward-facing seats that convert to a 180-degree fully flat-bed and offer direct aisle access in a 1x2x1 configuration.  Delta has also invested in its economy class with seats that provide additional legroom, adjustable headrests, personal in-seat entertainment screens with over 350 films, 250 TV shows, 100 hours of HBO, 4,500 songs and 30 games and USB power at each seat. All Economy passengers will be provided with a complimentary amenity kit to improve their flight experience.Delta Air Lines operates services to four African cities in four countries. The airline has grown from 22 weekly departures to and from Africa in December 2006 to 29 in summer 2014.Passengers travelling from Liberia can book flights to the U.S. on Delta and Kenya Airways via travel agents and Delta’s dedicated reservations teams in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DeWine signs 2019 transportation budget

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseOn April 2, Gov. Mike DeWine signed a transportation budget that will bump the state tax on gasoline to 38.5 cents per gallon and 47 cents a gallon on diesel fuel (off-road is excluded from the tax increase). This is an increase of 10.5 cents for gas and 19 cents for diesel. The governor initially pushed for increase of 18 cents a gallon for gas and diesel fuel to address the state’s deteriorating road infrastructure.The new tax rates will begin July 1. In addition, there will be a 19-cent per gallon tax for compressed natural gas, which has not previously been taxed, phased in over 5 years. Registration fees for hybrid and electric vehicles are included in the budget as well. The state will get 55% of the funds from the tax increases and 45% will go to local governments for road maintenance and improvements. The transportation budget also has a provision that cuts costs by eliminating the requirement for front license plates on vehicles after July 1, 2020.Many in agriculture were supportive of the tax increases due to the vital need to maintain Ohio’s road infrastructure.“Money the state receives through the fee on motor fuel hasn’t kept pace with maintenance and construction needs to keep Ohio roadways in good condition. These roadways are the lifeblood for farmers to get grain to the marketplace,” said Jon Miller, president of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. “The advisory committee and the governor have laid out a case, and it shows, that there is a need for additional revenue in order to maintain investment that we made in highways across Ohio.”Agriculture is also pleased with one measure not included in the transportation budget — an amendment increasing quick take authority, which allows property to be taken immediately without the normal eminent domain process. This amendment was being pushed by utility companies to bypass normal eminent domain procedures and allow them the ability to instead take immediate possession of property. If passed, the amendment would have allowed utility companies to take possession of a property by depositing funds with the court of an amount the utility believes is an appropriate value.“This amendment eliminates the landowner’s negotiating power,” said Jenna Beadle, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation director of state policy.An additional provision of the amendment allowed project approval by the Ohio Power Siting Board to be used as a determination of need for the project under eminent domain.“This takes away a landowner’s right to argue the necessity of the project or whether an existing easement could be used for the project,” Beadle said.This expanded authority was ultimately not included in the final transportation budget, but Beadle said she expects the issue to reappear in future legislation.last_img read more

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Karnataka High Court stays ban on Bhupathi, Bopanna

first_imgThe Karnataka High Court on Saturday stayed the ban imposed by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) on tennis stars Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna against representing the country till June 2014.Staying the ban, Justice Mohan Shantanagoudar issued notice to the association and the union sports ministry.The tennis duo had moved the high court challenging the ban imposed on them for refusing to play with Leander Paes in the recent London Olympics.”The impugned decision of the association has been stayed by the honourable court through an interim order,” Bhupathi’s counsel Aditya Sondhi said.last_img read more