Good news as Kenya's national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), prepares to start direct daily flights from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in NY.
"This is an exciting moment for us", Sebastian Mikosz, CEO and managing director of Kenya Airways Group said in a statement.
In September 2017, the airline was granted approval to operate flights in the United States by the department of transportation while JKIA in the same year was granted category one by the US Federal Aviation Administration after the airport upgraded its security features.
Kenya Airways introduces historic daily flights to the US.
He said that airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers. The airline will start direct flights to NY in October. It will depart Jomo Kenyatta airport at 23:25, arriving at JFK airport at 06:25 the following morning, with return flights departing NY at 12:25 and landing in Nairobi at 10:55 the next day. It will be the fastest connection from East Africa to NY, with 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound.
Najib Balala, Kenya's secretary of tourism, said the flight will position Kenya as the gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa for leisure and business travel. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.
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We also have areas of patchy fog, but thankfully we have enough wind today to prevent that from becoming an even bigger problem. Showers are passing through this evening, watch out for some ponding on some area roads with some of the snow melt.
15 hours-A reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours.
This convenient schedule will allow connections to and from over 40 African destinations through Kenya Airways hub in Nairobi.
It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircrafts being some of the youngest in Africa.
This comes after the airline KQ and the airport JKIA (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) got the required approvals.
Between January and October 2017 over 95,000 tourists visited Kenya, a 20 percent increase in traffic every year for the past two years.
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