Key update on Kenya Airways daily flights to NY

KQ Chief Executive Officer, Sebastian Mikosz also noted that the launch of direct flights will create indirect employment opportunities through its suppliers.

Kenya Airways, leading African airline has recently unveiled the non-stop direct flight from Nairobi to NY.

The direct flight plan is expected to instantly reduce by six hours, travel time between the USA city and Nairobi and further boost tourism and trade ties between the two countries.

"We are honoured to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa", said Sebastian adding the route would increase the carrier's revenue by 10 per cent. KQ's entry into the U.S. comes at a time when the airline is implementing a turnaround strategy, with restructuring of its balance sheet aimed at keeping it flying.

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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 Airways (KQ) will commence direct daily flights from Nairobi to NY in October 2018. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.

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

The flight is scheduled to take 15 hours, a departure from the previous flight time of 22 hours including lengthy layovers passengers from JKIA had to cope with using connecting flights. As the offers connections to over 40 African destinations, those destinations now have the luxury of proximity to a transatlantic network. They will have four pilots, 12 flight attendants and 85 tonnes of fuel loaded one way. Its duration will be 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound. With the route not due to begin until October, there is plenty of time to see how people, and even airlines, respond.

  • Rita Burton