Kenya open sales for NY flight

On Thursday, Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz said the direct flights from Kenya to the U.S. will also create indirect jobs for its suppliers.

On Thursday, Kenya Airways began selling tickets for its new flight from its main hub in Nairobi to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.

He said the flights will see Kenya Airways employ more pilots and more crew to facilitate the functionality of the new flight route launched.

According to the loss-making national carrier, the flights between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York's JFK Airport will play a critical role in returning it to profitability adding that the airline's revenues from the route had the potential to increase its earnings by 10 per cent in the course of 2019.

Kenya's tourist marketers said Friday they expect the number of tourists visiting Kenya from the United States to grow as Kenya Airways prepares to launch direct flights to NY in October. "This is a reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours, including lengthy layovers", said Mikosz. It will land in NY the next day at 6.30 AM.

This marks a major milestone for the airline and the country that has been seeking direct market access to the United States for over a decade.

"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.

Dreamliner (234 passengers): 204 in Economy and the rest in Business Class. Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) chief executive officer, Dr Betty Radier, welcomed the development saying anticipation is high the number of tourists visiting Kenya from the U.S. will grow.

The airline already serves Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and cities in Asia. "Our guests are at the heart of everything we do at the airline and these two awards confirm our undeterred commitment to them".

  • Wendy Palmer