Kenya to wait longer for US direct flights – JKIA audit delay
The US Federal Aviation Administration pushed the final audit of the JKIA to mid next month, four weeks after the proposed time
Kenya might get the approval for direct flights to the United States next month, it emerged yesterday.
This is after the US Federal Aviation Administration pushed the final audit of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to mid next month, four weeks after the initial proposed time by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.
The KCAA director general Gilbert Kibe yesterday said the results of the final FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment audit will be known at the end of next month. “They were not able to come this month, but approval of the final audit has been received,” Kibe told the Star on the phone.
“It is confirmed that the audit will be in mid November. By the end of November, Kenya will know if it has attained Category One. “We are making arrangements now for them to confirm the exact date.”
This means flights could begin earliest in December. The country has met the threshold required for the JKIA to be upgraded to Category One Status, which is a prerequisite for direct flights to the US.
The government had been tasked to come up with a new Civil Aviation Law, which was achieved when President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Bill 2016 on September 14. The country has also set up a civil aviation tribunal as per requirements.
Further, the KCAA has eight critical elements of safety oversight system required by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
The government has begun courting airlines interested in operating flights between the JKIA and the US, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said in an interview on September 24. “The US has requested us to ask airlines interested in flying directly from Kenya to apply.”
Kalpa boss Paul Gichinga and Transport CS James Macharia at the association’s meeting in Rubani House on April 28