Kenya to U.S. direct flights set for late October from JKIA

Finally, the long-awaited direct flights to the U.S. are a stone throw away. Kenya is a premium hub in the East and central regions of Africa. The country has been through hardships in the past few months. However, there may be few accomplishments that we can hold on to.

As most of you will know, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is one of the biggest and best Airports in the world. Still, Kenya is among the few countries that pride themselves on having a national courier.

As such, Kenya been seeking for direct flights to America for a long time and the time has finally come. As announced by the Kenya Airports Authority, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is among the few Airports that have achieved the LPD (Last Point of Departure) status. This will allow the national courier to fly in a direct flight to America and back.

Direct flight to America

While the protocols are all set, the flights have been scheduled from October 2018. On the 28th of October 2018, the inaugural flight will take off for the first direct flight from JKIA to JFK International Airport in New York.

As a result of this direct flight, Kenya will be a major transit point for American visitors coming to Africa and the vice versa.  The Kenya Airports Authority Managing Director Jonny Andersen had this to say about the new development. “This is a major achievement for Kenya. JKIA becomes one of the elite African airports to be certified as a last point of departure to the United States. JKIA is now poised to become the premier hub in Africa.”

The direct flights will come in handy especially by eliminating the delays, frustrations, and flight hoping that US-bound travelers had to contend with previously. Still, it will promote the economy of the country. Cargo and other exports will be easier to move between the two countries. This will result in a symbiotic or rather mutual benefit for Kenya and the US.

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Brian is a founding writer at Urban Kenyans. His work is focused on how to improve the digital literacy of Kenyans online. He has been able to do so with his mastery of Kenya and the English Language.

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