Kenya aviation soars in 2018 with direct US flights, new routes
ers include audit on personnel training and operation, licensing and surveillance of air operators.
This year marked a milestone in Kenya’s aviation industry following the launch of direct flight from Nairobi to New York. This followed the move by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to grant Jomo Kenyatta International Airport a Category One status.
The granting of International Aviation Safety Assessment (Category 1) in February, 2017, was the culmination of a long journey that started way back in 2010 by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority(kcaa).
Category One status is given to States that have demonstrated effective implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices. “The flight will have a direct impact on the Kenyan economy as it is expected to generate jobs by boosting trade between Kenya and the US, both in terms of goods and services” Tourism and Wildlife Secretary, Najib Balala, said on the eve of the Kenya Airway’s maiden direct flight to the US.
The flight will facilitate direct cargo shipment of Kenya’s exports such as its flowers, tea and coffee as well textiles and apparels by air, directly to the US market, he said.
“The direct flight will also substantially boost Kenya’s global profile as a tourism destination as it will provide a shorter, quicker and more affordable connection for tourists and business travellers coming to Kenya” added Mr Balala.