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African carrier drops Dulles for BWI

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In a blow to its rebound efforts – albeit perhaps not a massive one – Washington Dulles International Airport has lost a new carrier even before service commenced.

Air Senegal, which in the spring announced plans to connect Dulles to Dakar with twice-weekly flights through New York, on Aug. 22 amended that plan, announcing it would serve Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport instead.

Service is slated to begin Sept. 2.

The main reason: BWI is more closely situated to where the majority of West African residents of the Washington-Baltimore area reside. Airline officials also cited access to train service at BWI, and the ability for passengers to connect to Southwest Airlines flights (officials touted Southwest’s free-baggage allowance, something that likely will appeal to international travelers).

Under the revised plans, Air Senegal Flight 407 will depart Dakar on Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 a.m., arriving at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 6 a.m. The flight will then leave JFK at 8:30 a.m., arriving at BWI at 10 a.m.

The return Flight 408 will depart BWI at 8:25 p.m., arriving at JFK at 9:55 p.m., departing JFK at 11:55 p.m. and arriving the next day in Dakar at 12:25 p.m.

Flights will be conducted on Airbus A330-900NEO aircraft with 32 business-class, 21 premium-economy and 237 economy seats.

Air Senegal officials said they were aiming for both business travelers and vacationers, promoting “world-class beaches, history and culture that has appealed to the American traveling public for decades.”

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