Direct flights from Nairobi to New York to start in May


Direct flights between the US and Kenya will be launched in early May.

The flights expected to ply between Nairobi to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport are eagerly expected.

The developments are as a result of Kenyan national carrier Kenya Airways formally requested the US federal aviation department for a licence to fly directly to the US.

The application was presented to the US Embassy in Nairobi as per the Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.

Before the license can be issued, Kenya Airways aircrafts and its crew will be rated and reviewed..

“Getting Category One status was a milestone for Kenya since in Africa only South Africa, Senegal, Cape Verde and Ethiopia enjoy that status. Our inclusion means more business for airlines using the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as a hub,” he said.

The flights are expected to increase both human and cargo traffic between these two countries.

Some of the Kenyan industries also expected to benefit are fresh cut flowers and clothes for export from Kenya.

Kenya has been pushing for certification for direct flights for a while now.