Agency to re­lease re­sults of JKIA au­dit on di­rect link to Amer­ica from Nairobi

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - Ger­ald An­dae gan­dae@ke.na­tion­media.com The US air tra ic usu­ally tran­sits through hubs such as Dubai and Am­s­ter­dam JAMES MACHARIA

Kenya will know its fate on the di­rect flights to the US be­fore Christ­mas fol­low­ing com­ple­tion of the fi­nal au­dit by an Amer­i­can trans­port agency.

Trans­port sec­re­tary James Macharia said yes­ter­day the re­sults of the au­dit of Jomo Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Air­port ( JKIA) as the last point of de­par­ture would be out in the next six weeks.

The of­fi­cials from US Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion were in the coun­try two weeks ago for a four-day au­dit of the fa­cil­ity.

“The re­sults of this au­dit will be out in six weeks time and we ex­pect to have per­formed well,” said Mr Macharia in a news con­fer­ence.

The min­is­ter said they are look­ing at June next year as a pos­si­ble com­mence­ment date for di­rect flights be­tween the two states.

This is the sec­ond and fi­nal au­dit that holds the key to di­rect flights be­tween Kenya and the US with the gov­ern­ment ex­press­ing op­ti­mism on the out­come.

Delta Air­lines pre­vi­ously set a launch date for flights but can­celled due to se­cu­rity con­cerns.

Fi­nan­cially em­bat­tled Kenya Air­ways also plans to of­fer di­rect flights. The US air traf­fic usu­ally tran­sits through hubs such as

The re­sults of this au­dit will be out in six weeks time and we ex­pect to have per­formed well”

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Dubai and Am­s­ter­dam.

Some of the key au­dit pa­ram­e­ters in­cluded doc­u­men­ta­tion of the pro­cesses at the air­port, se­cu­rity perime­ter at the fa­cil­ity and ac­cess con­trol mea­sures put in place by Kenya Air­ports Au­thor­ity.

If the au­dit re­veals that Kenya has made progress since the last re­view in 2016 then the JKIA will be is­sued with a cer­tifi­cate that will al­low not only Kenya Air­ways to fly di­rectly to the US from Nairobi but also any other air­line that has been ap­proved by Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FAA).

The last re­main­ing hur­dle will be the grant­ing of the Kenya Air­ways an Air Op­er­a­tor Cer­tifi­cate by the FAA af­ter in­spect­ing the car­rier’s equip­ment and fa­cil­i­ties.

So far, Kenya has been granted two of the re­quired four con­di­tions to com­mence di­rect US flights.

The first one was in Fe­bru­ary when the coun­try got a Cat­e­gory One sta­tus with the sec­ond one be­ing the com­mer­cial au­thor­ity to op­er­ate, which was granted to Kenya Air­ways re­cently.

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