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Kenya Airways Starts Flying to New York JFK in October

Passengers in Kenya who want to fly to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport will be able to do so beginning in October 2018. Kenya Airways formally requested for a license to fly directly to the US, and the US Department of Transportation has granted the request. Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia told the Daily Nation: “Getting Category One status was a milestone for Kenya since in Africa only South Africa, Senegal, Cape Verde and Ethiopia enjoy that status. Our inclusion means more business for airlines using the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as a hub.”

Start Booking in Advance

Travelers will be able to book tickets in advance as of May 2018. The trans-Atlantic flights will depart daily from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 10.30 p.m. The flight will feature the national carrier’s Dreamliner aircraft which will hold a maximum of 234 passengers. Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced it will operate the flight through the code-share partnership with US carrier Delta Airlines, its Sky Team partner

Saving Passengers Time

Before this change, JKIA’s former second-class status required travelers flying from Kenya to the US to transit through Europe, the Middle East, or the four African states of South Africa, Ethiopia, Cape Verde, and Nigeria. Now, the nonstop flight will last 15 hours and will arrive at JFK airport at 1.30 p.m. local time. Travelers will be saving up to 22 hours including lengthy layovers.

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