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KTF Welcomes Nairobi - New York Direct, Non-stop Flights Commenced October 28th by Kenya Airways
Author: Imelda Ndomo
Date: 12 Nov 18

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Nairobi's position as the East and Central Africa regions' airport hub and gateway has been further solidified, with the commencement of direct nonstop flights connecting Nairobi and New York by Kenya Airways.

Over 50 domestic and international airlines serve JKIA on a daily basis and of these, at least 10 have a global network, thus travelers from any part of the world are connected to JKIA Nairobi by one or more airlines.

Kenya Airways' direct flights connecting Nairobi and New York brings to a total of 4 continents with direct flight connections to Nairobi; that is, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The Middle East and Indian subcontinents also have direct flights connection with JKIA.

Passengers can look forward to reduced travel time as well as the convenience of a single screening and check in process for the entire journey. As today's enlightened travelers seek to minimize their carbon footprint; and this new direct flight link between Nairobi and New York allows thousands of travelers on the route to achieve just this with reduced travel time therefore less fuel burn and aircraft emissions.

As the tourism industry, we are excited about not only the improved access to Kenya as a destination which is expected to stimulate more demand from the North American market, but also the sustainability objectives thus realized.  

Kenya Airways' Nairobi - New York flight will operate daily, direct and non-stop; departing JKIA at 11.25pm and arriving at New York's JFK airport at 6.25 local time the following day and departing JFK at 12.25 and arriving at JKIA at 10.55 the following day. KQ will operate the state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route.

The 2017 tourist arrivals figures released by the minister in charge of Tourism and Wildlife, Hon. Balala indicated that the USA was the largest source market for international tourist arrivals in Kenya (by air). This underscores the immense potential in this market and, with the access facilitation i.e. the direct flight connection, the tourism industry is gearing up for a surge in demand as well as targeting the market with tailored promotions and offers.

USA ranks amongst leading markets for outbound for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) travelers globally; and Kenya's position as the EA and central Africa region's commercial hub and gateway puts the country in prime position to convert the existing demand in this vast market into actual bookings.

At the national level, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has been challenged to seize this opportunity with tailored promotional campaigns for the US market.

In the medium and long term, it is expected that more airlines will satisfy regulatory and license requirements to begin operating the route, increasing carrying capacity as well as facilitating competitive ticket prices.

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