Direct flights to the USA to create more jobs at JKIA

Lucy Hill
January 14, 2018

Flights will depart daily from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 11.25 pm arriving at John F Kennedy International Airport in NY at 6.25 am the following day.

The direct flight from Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to the United States is set to create over 150 jobs at the airport.

It is anticipated that the new form of easier travel to the U.S. will directly impact Kenya's economy through direct and indirect employment, as well as boosting trade between the two nations.

Najib Balala, Kenya's secretary of tourism, said the flight will position Kenya as the gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa for leisure and business travel.

"This new flight is opening a new chapter in the history of Kenya Airways", Kenya Airways Group CEO Sebastian Mikosz said.

Direct flights from JKIA to New York JFK will reduce the time flight from 25 hours to about 15 hours. "We are honored to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa", Mikosz said.

Kenya Airways, in a statement, touted the flight as the quickest way to get from East Africa to NY.

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The service will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which will traverse almost 7,400 miles of land and sea.

Kenya Airways has opened ticket sales on its website after ditching earlier plans to use a code share deal with partners on Sky Team to operate the Nairobi, New York route.

"The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network, will require 4 Pilots and 12 Flight attendants as well as 85 tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation".

The national carrier has over the past one year reorganised its routes in a bid to free up capacity to fly direct to the US.

Kenya Airways will offer its customers a unique travel experience between two great gateways.

15 hours-A reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours.

"This is a symbol of a comeback by Kenya Airways".

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