By Njamiu Kiboi
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is now ready to facilitate direct flights between Kenya and the United States of America.
The Kenya Airports Authority on Wednesday revealed that JKIA had achieved last point of departures status following the announcement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Donald Trump where President Kenyatta and Trump held talks in the white house.
The Kenya Airports Authority Managing Director Jonny Anderson said that this will be a major achievement for Kenya as JKIA becomes one of the exclusive African airports to be certified as a last point of departure to the United States noting that JKIA is now poised to become the premier hub in Africa.
However, Andersen cited that the daily non-stop flight to New York with the opening flight is scheduled for October 28 this year. The airline is said to be counting on the tourism, with the US being a key source market of vacationers, as well as opportunities to Kenyan businesses accorded by the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) to sustain the flights.
The flights between Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York’s JFK airport will play a critical role in returning its profit.