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Kenya Airways launches NY flights

Kenya Airways launches NY flights

Kenya Airways launched sales, Thursday, for nonstop flight from Nairobi to NY due to start 28 October, this year. Indications of the direct flights could be allowed came to light in February a year ago 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.

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.

On Thursday, KQ started selling tickets for the inaugural and later flights between Nairobi and NY price-tagged $869 (Sh87 000) for the early worms but said the prices would increase depending on demand.

A business class ticket on the other hand retails for about Sh258,000.

Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph at a past press briefing. Kenya Airways is hoping to open up an entirely new market, and they have a lot going for them. "It will determine the future of KQ and also shows the determination that KQ has to return to being the pride of Africa", he said.

It is anticipated that the new form of easier travel to the United States will directly impact Kenya's economy through direct and indirect employment, as well as boosting trade between the two nations. "It will be profitable for us".

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There will be daily flights to and from the Big Apple starting on October 28.

The airline and JKIA are however yet to receive all necessary approvals by the U.S. 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.

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

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

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

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