Kenya avi­a­tion soars in 2018 with di­rect US flights, new routes

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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.

Ger­ald An­dae

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