Kenyan airways launch first ever non-stop flight from Nairobi to NY

Kenyan airways launch first ever non-stop flight from Nairobi to NY

The airline is counting on the tourism, with the U.S. being a key source market of vacationers, as well as opportunities to Kenyan businesses accorded by the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) to sustain the flights. The flight will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in NY at 06:25 the following day.

Mr Mikosz said the airline expects its revenue will be rise by at least 10 per cent in the 2019 financial year from the direct flights plan.

An economy ticket to fly to NY direct aboard Kenya Airways starting October 28 will set you back Sh89,000. Kenya Airways is hoping to open up an entirely new market, and they have a lot going for them. While an elated chairman, Michael Joseph, said the development was as a symbol of KQ rebound. The route, which is set to commence on October 28, would be the airline's first to the U.S. "It will be profitable for us".

According to the KQ boss, they have already loaded the new flight schedules onto their system and travelers can start booking.

This even as the airline and JKIA await the necessary approvals by the United States security and transport authorities, including designation of the airport as a last point of departure and the airline receiving air operator certification.

Speaking while making the announcement in Thursday, Kenya Airways chief executive officer Sebastian Mikosz said the airline will be targeting business and leisure travelers.

Tickets for the flight can be purchased on the national carrier's website and through agents.

The US is one of Kenya's key trading partners.

The chief executive noted the U.S. is Kenya's top tourist source market, with 95,771 people having visited between January and Oct 2017.

Direct flights from JKIA to New York JFK will reduce the time flight from 25 hours to about 15 hours. The country is also a crucial market for Kenyan exports such as woven apparel, coffee, tea, spices, edible fruits, macadamia nuts and vegetables traded under AGOA but which have to travel long distances compromising quality and in turn reducing their value. "It will be possible to have dinner in Nairobi and breakfast in NY". Kenya Airways also bagged the title Africa's leading airline - Business Class for the fifth consecutive year.

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