Kenya Airways announces its inaugural direct flight to US

Kenya Airways announces its inaugural direct flight to US”

Kenya Airways will launch nonstop daily service between Nairobi and New York JFK on October 28. has learnt that the airline will rely on tourism and business players to sustain the flights.

"We are honoured to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa", said Sebastian adding the route would increase the carrier's revenue by 10 per cent. KQ's entry into the USA comes at a time when the airline is implementing a turnaround strategy, with restructuring of its balance sheet aimed at keeping it flying.

Flights will depart daily from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 11.25 pm arriving at John F Kennedy International Airport in NY at 6.25 am the following day.

The national carrier will be traveling direct from Nairobi to NY city.

The move comes on the back of a complex financial restructuring with the airline noting the route would enable it swing back to profit. While an elated chairman, Michael Joseph, said the development was as a symbol of KQ rebound.

"We would not embark on this if we were not confident that it will work. It will be profitable for us".

The airline and JKIA are however yet to receive all necessary approvals by the USA security and transport authorities, including JKIA being designated as a last point of departure while the airline is yet to receive an air operator certification.

Kenya Airways Group Managing Director Sebastian Mikosz told a media briefing in Nairobi that they will begin selling tickets for the inaugural flight on Thursday.

The national carrier has over the past one year reorganised its routes in a bid to free up capacity to fly direct to the US.

Direct flights from JKIA to New York JFK will reduce the time flight from 25 hours to about 15 hours. It is the largest tourist source market, and in the period to October 2017 accounted for close to 100 000 tourists to Kenya. "It will be possible to have dinner in Nairobi and breakfast in NY".

Kenya Airways celebrated 40 years of operations in January 2017 and was named Africa Leading Airline 2017 by the World Travel Awards.

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