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.
Travelers heading to the United States of America will from October 28, be able to fly direct from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport using Kenya Airways.
Kenya Airways will operate a Boeing 787-8 to New York JFK with a total capacity of 234 passengers and 16 crew members. The flight will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in NY at 06:25 the following day.
With more than 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, the launch of daily flights is expected to further spur trade between America and Africa.
KQ Chief Executive Officer, Sebastian Mikosz also noted that the launch of direct flights will create indirect employment opportunities through its suppliers.
The airline already serves Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and cities in Asia. It will land in NY the next day at 6.30 AM.
The flight duration is 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound.
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.
The airline was in September granted approval to operate flights in the US by the department of transportation while JKIA was earlier in 2017 granted a Category One status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after the airport upgraded its security features. Similarly, European carriers including British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM and many more provide flights that connect through airports in their home countries.
Kenya Airways will offer its customers a unique travel experience between two great gateways.
Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours. With the route not due to begin until October, there is plenty of time to see how people, and even airlines, respond.