MIAMI – Air Senegal (HC) is extending its long-haul network to Washington-Dulles Airport (IAD), with a bi-weekly flight starting September 2, 2021, departing from Dakar-Diass Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS).

The new flight, which is an extension of the existing DKR to New York-JFK service, departs DSS on Thursday and Sunday at 01:30 and arrives IAD the same day at 10:00 with a flight time of 12 hours and 30 minutes. The return flight takes off from IAD on the same days at 20:25 and arrives at DSS the following day at 12:25 and time in the air, thanks to favorable winds, stands at 12 hours. All times are local.

The airline now becomes the only African airline to operate direct flights from Senegal to the US and will use Airbus A330-900 Neo received in 2019. the aircraft is configured in a three-class setup, offering 32 seats in Business class, 21 in Premium Economy, and 237 in Economy. Along with the A330 fleet, HC operates two Airbus 321, two A319, and two ATR 72-600.

Air Senegal Airbus A319-100 6V-AMB – Photo : Alberto Cucini/Airways

Other Routes


Besides the US destinations of IAD and JFK, the airline flies to Paris (CDG), Marseilles (MRS) Lyon (LYS), Milan-Malpensa (MXP), Barcelona (BCN), and Casablanca (CMN). The timetable is set to offer connections to domestic destinations Ziguinchor (ZIG), and Cap Skirring (CSK), but also to the West African cities of Banjul (BJL), Conakry (CKY), Abidjan (ABJ), Nouakchott (NKC), Bamako (BKO), Cotonou (COO), Douala (DLA), Libreville (LBV), and Praia (RAI), in Cabo Verde Islands.

"It is with great pleasure that we announce a new year-round connection between Senegal and the United States of America, which is part of the strategic expansion of our intercontinental network." Ibrahima Kane, HC CEO Click To Tweet

Ibrahima Kane, HC CEO, commented the new service by indicating “It is with great pleasure that we announce a new year-round connection between Senegal and the United States of America, which is part of the strategic expansion of our intercontinental network.

Moreover, the United States remains a high-priority market for our diaspora, which is well represented in the area. With this flight, Air Senegal will make the U.S. even more accessible, and thus better connectivity will strengthen the strong economic and socio-cultural ties between the U.S. and Senegal.


Featured image: Air Senegal Airbus 330-900 Neo 6V-ANB. Photo: Lorenzo Giacobbo/Airways