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Travel to Wakanda via Atlanta and explore everything it has to offer

As Black Panther reigns supreme over the US box office, fans are getting hyped over the glorious depiction of the fictional East African nation that developed in isolation over a millennium. Now one airport seems to be offering flights there, getting lots of fans excited.

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The sign appeared over a gate in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport earlier this week advertising flight ATL 1234 to Wakanda at 7.30pm. After posting it on Twitter, the image sparked lots of fan commentary and debate.

Hollywood actress and Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o also delighted in the sign and offered some suggestions of her own for in-flight entertainment, including T’Challa’s Angels and La Femme Nakia, named after characters in the film. The airport replied with some puntastic musical offerings of their own.

The airport has been cheerfully responding to fans’ requests to reroute the flight to Paris and queries about whether or not visas are needed. Even better, they’ve promised daily flights leaving at 7.30pm for all the super fans travel requirements.

The view of overlooking Wakanda. Image by Marvel Studios

The Kingdom of Wakanda is notoriously isolationist but that may soon be changing. So what can the first tourists expect?

A quick travel guide to Wakanda

When you arrive at the Wakandan International Airport in the capital city of Birnin Zana prepare to be wowed. Forget Tokyo, this is truly the most technologically-advanced destination in the world. If you thought biometric boarding was advanced, this airport will surely have some surprises in store for you.

Expect to be technologically wowed by your visit to Wakanda. Image by Marvel Studios

Visit the Royal Palace of Wakanda to see the Dora Milaje, the country’s famous all-female special forces and the personal bodyguards of Wakanda’s ruler, the Black Panther himself. Don’t be too worried about learning the language. Wakandan, Yoruba and Hausa are the native languages here but much of the population are fluent in lots of other European and African langauges. Take a ride in the famous magnetic train which will have you zipping around the city in no time at all.