Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Key update on Kenya Airways daily flights to NY

Key update on Kenya Airways daily flights to NY

Good news as Kenya's national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), prepares to start direct daily flights from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in NY.

An economy ticket to fly to NY direct aboard Kenya Airways starting October 28 will set you back Sh89,000.

"This ultra-long haul flight requires ultra-resources and we are providing the best for our guests", Mikosz said.

The flight will take 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound, using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers.

The national carrier said it expected the flights between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York's JFK Airport to play a critical role in returning it profit making territory. It will land in NY the next day at 6.30 AM.

Direct flights from JKIA to New York JFK will reduce the time flight from 25 hours to about 15 hours.

Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours.

The airline and JKIA are however yet to receive all necessary approvals by the USA security and transport authorities, including JKIA being designated as a last point of departure while the airline is yet to receive an air operator certification.

Kenya Airways operates a further 40 routes within Africa from Nairobi. 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. United States is now Kenya's top tourism source market, commanding a market share of 12.2 percent of total arrivals to Kenya as at October 2017.

"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.

Kenya Airways already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia. The airline says it hopes the new route to the United States will stimulate trade between the two nations.

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

Like this: