THIS WEEK: Kenya Airways now to fly to US
Kenya | THE INDEPENDENT | Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways, can now fly to the United States after it was granted permit to operate direct flights. The permit became effective Se 05, according to the order issued by the US Department of Transportation.
The US Department of Transportation had in June recommended that the Kenyan national carrier be allowed to access if there were no public objections.
President Donald Trump was also given a 61-day window to disapprove, if he so wished. No objection had been given by the time the window expired, which was when the permit became effective.
KQ’s foreign air carrier permit now allows it to “schedule and charter foreign air transportation of persons, property, and mail from any point or points behind Kenya, via any point or points in Kenya and any intermediate points, to any point or points in the United States and beyond”.
Kenya’s main airport, JKIA, was granted Category One status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow for non-stop direct flights between the two countries last February.