Kenya Airways has marked a great milestone following the launch of a non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York.
US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec on Thursday presented Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) with a letter from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) designating JKIA as a “Last Point of Departure.”
Godec announced that the US Government would advance $1.5 million (Sh150 million) to KAA to beef up security at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The first flight ever is scheduled to depart on 28 October.
JKIA’s certification follows a rigorous process that started soon after Kenya got Category one status in February last year and has seen the airport, KQ and other agencies undergo audits to ensure that they are up to standards.
The direct flights between Nairobi and New York is expected to ease movement of people and cargo between the two countries, increase trade, investments and cultural exchanges.
Kenya Airways becomes the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.
The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network with a capacity of 234 passengers will require 4 Pilots and 12 Flight attendants as well as 85 tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation.
The flight will depart every day from JKIA hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day.
From New York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.