NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12 – The United States aviation officials will be visiting the country this month to assess Kenya’s preparedness for direct flights between the two countries.
US ambassador to Kenya Robert Codec said officials will evaluate Kenya’s state for direct flights.
However, he said security was key for the flights to commence. He spoke when he met Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office on Thursday.
“They (US officials) will meet Infrastructure Ministry officials responsible for putting in place procedures and rules to enable (direct flights) happen,” the DP said.
Godec said security was becoming a big challenge for most countries in the world, more so terrorism.
He praised Kenya for its role in the fight against terrorism especially involvement in tackling Al Shabaab.
“Security remains a big challenge in 2015 both for the US and Kenya,” he said. “We appreciate and acknowledge Kenya’s role in the fight against Al Shabaab,” Godec said.
Ruto said Kenya was doing its best to ensure its security was up to date.
The Deputy President thanked the US government for its assistance on security issues at the airport, the fight against terrorism.
“Kenya has good plans for its security and we are on course implementing it. This will inspire confidence in investors, the people and business community,” Ruto said.
He said the country was remodeling the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to meet international standards so as to attract more flights directly into Nairobi thereby boost the tourism industry.