According to online reports surfacing this morning, Kenya and the United States will begin flying directly into each others countries by May.
“We anticipate that we shall commence direct flights to the USA by May 2016, having as of now cleared almost all aviation audit issues,” transport cabinet secretary James Macharia told the Nation, a local newspaper
This development is expected to boost tourism revenues for the East African country which has suffered a lot after its Al-Shabbab attacks against the country.
It is worthy of note that ever since the building of its Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is its international airport during the 1970s. Efforts have been made twice by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) but, both attempts have failed as even Delta Airlines tried but the efforts remained futile.
It is reported that the government of Kenya has budgeted 6.4 billion shillings as its spending in other to become standardized. There are also only four countries in Africa that do direct flights from the United States to their countries; South Africa, Ethiopia, Cape Verde, and Nigeria.
Under the current rules, passengers have to connect through airports of countries whose civil aviation authorities have been approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), adding hours and multiple layovers to their travel time. There have not been direct flights between the US and Kenya since the late 1980s.
The news meets with excitement by locals and Kenyans in Diaspora as many are happy about the ease of checking on their loved ones and relatives back home instead of the delays they experience in going home before.