US Direct Flights Plan to Create 150 Jobs at Kenya Airways

US Direct Flights Plan to Create 150 Jobs at Kenya Airways

US Direct Flights Plan to Create 150 Jobs at Kenya Airways

KQ Chief Executive Officer, Sebastian Mikosz also noted that the launch of direct flights will create indirect employment opportunities through its suppliers.

The airline will be conducting a daily flight between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The flight will connect Nairobi, Kenya's capital city and one of Africa's busiest and business-heavy cities, to one of the world's premier business hubs, New York City, which has not been possible until recently. It will depart Jomo Kenyatta airport at 23:25, arriving at JFK airport at 06:25 the following morning, with return flights departing NY at 12:25 and landing in Nairobi at 10:55 the next day.

The direct flight from Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to the United States is set to create over 150 jobs at the airport. From New-York it will depart at 1225 and land at JKIA at 1055 the following day. Direct flights are expected to boost the numbers, with the travel time reducing from about 25 hours to about 15 hours.

"We canceled our flights to Hong Kong and Hanoi in order to have capacity to use the aircrafts to fly to New York", Mr Mikosz said.

Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours. Indications of the direct flights could be allowed came to light in February past year when Kenya was granted Category One status after officials from the US Federal Aviation Administration gave approval for non-stop direct flights between the two countries.

Kenya Airways' entry into the United States marks for development to the East African tourist portfolio best known for its rich wildlife resources, with expectations to attract more American tourists to the region. It is the largest tourist source market, and in the period to October 2017 accounted for close to 100 000 tourists to Kenya.

The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.

Kenya Airways celebrated 40 years of operations in January 2017 and was named Africa Leading Airline 2017 by the World Travel Awards.

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