Kenya Airways is now close to offering direct flights to the United States after it was issued with a permit by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The permit allows the national carrier to make direct flights from any point in Kenya to the US, which half the traveling could time. Only two more regulatory hurdles stand in the path of a maiden direct flight.Direct flight to the United States will soon be possibleKenya’s Transport Secretary James Macharia has expressed confidence in clearing these final steps. The DOT has granted Kenya Airways permission to transport persons, property and mail to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Director of the department Brian Hedberg confirmed the order was effected on September 5.However, Macharia stated that there are still two pending approvals by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before direct flights to the US could begin. “There are two more steps which are not as onerous as the first two,” he told The Saturday Nation.The pending approval by the TSA is hanging on an ongoing audit of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. The airport needs to be certified as secure as a “last point of departure” for flights heading to the US. By the end of October, this inspection is expected to be conducted.