NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11 – Kenya Airways daily direct flights to New York will boost the uptake of Kenya’s products by providing faster access to the US market.
The airline’s Managing Director Sebastian Mikosz says the new route is also expected to increase tourist numbers from North America as well as create jobs directly and indirectly for hundreds of people in Kenya.
The new route will also be a source for corporate and premium leisure clients, as well as provide the airline with new clients from the Sub-Saharan region.
Kenya Airways becomes the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.
“The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia. The opening of the US destination completes an essential piece for Kenya Airways’ network, cementing its position as one of the leading African carriers,” Mikosz said in a press briefing.
Mikosz added that the new route will also spur trade growth between the two regions which is already in momentum.
“There are over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa. The launch of daily flights will definitely lead to further growth of trade between America and Africa.”
Mikosz was speaking at the unveiling of ticket sales ahead of the inaugural flight slated for October 28.
Tickets for the economy class start at Sh89,000 while business class tickets start at Sh258,000.