East Africa anticipates benefits from Kenya - US direct flights

East Africa anticipates benefits from Kenya - US direct flights

East Africa anticipates benefits from Kenya - US direct flights

Kenya Airways will operate a daily non-stop flight to NY with the inaugural flight scheduled for October 28.

Kenya Airways chief executive Sebastian Mikosz (centre) speaks during the launch of non-stop flight between Nairobi and NY.

"This is an exciting moment for us". "It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa. We are honored to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa", Mikosz said.

An economy ticket to fly to NY direct aboard Kenya Airways starting October 28 will set you back Sh89,000. "We hope to complete the other tasks in the next ten months", he added.

This makes Kenya Airways the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.

Kenya Airways already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.

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"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.

The flight is scheduled to take 15 hours, a departure from the previous flight time of 22 hours including lengthy layovers passengers from JKIA had to cope with using connecting flights. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.

It will then leave NY at 12.25 pm the same day and land in Nairobi at 10.55 am the following day.

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.

"The flights will substantially boost Kenya's global profile as a tourism destination as they will provide a shorter, quicker and more affordable connection for tourists and business", she said.

It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircrafts being some of the youngest in Africa.

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"Whether we would be able to communicate, I am not so sure, but of course we, countries, have to work with the United States", he said.

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