Direct flights to the U.S. to create more jobs at JKIA

Ivan Schwartz
January 14, 2018

Confirming the new trans-Atlantic flight schedules on Wednesday, January 10, Kenya Airway's chairman, Michael Joseph, said they will officially take off in October this year.

With over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, daily flights will help to spur business travel and improve trade between America and Africa.

Kenya Airways becomes the first airline in the region to offer direct flights to the United States.

It will then leave NY at 12.25 pm the same day and land in Nairobi at 10.55 am the following day.

Kenya Airways will operate two Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the route with daily flights. The 15-hour flight will operate onboard a B787 Dreamliner, with 234 seats.

This means there will now be direct flights between Kenya and the US. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.

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Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours.

Kenya Airways' entry into the United States marks for development to the East African tourist portfolio best known for its rich wildlife resources, with expectations to attract more American tourists to the region. Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) chief executive officer, Dr Betty Radier, welcomed the development saying anticipation is high the number of tourists visiting Kenya from the USA will grow.

The chief executive noted the USA is Kenya's top tourist source market, with 95,771 people having visited between January and Oct 2017.

Also expected to reap from the flights include horticulture and flower exporters and manufacturers, especially textile exporters eligible to export to the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) terms.

The airline already serves Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and cities in Asia.

It is anticipated that the new form of easier travel to the U.S. will directly impact Kenya's economy through direct and indirect employment, as well as boosting trade between the two nations. Mikosz revealed the carrier will continue to modernise its fleet though its 32 aircraft are some of the youngest in Africa.

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