Kenya Airways to launch first US services in October 2018
13 January, 2018, 06:28
Kenya Airways launched sales, Thursday, for nonstop flight from Nairobi to NY due to start 28 October, this year.
Tour operators say that the flight marks a milestone for the entire region and is expected to considerably boost travel from the U.S. It will depart Jomo Kenyatta airport at 23:25, arriving at JFK airport at 06:25 the following morning, with return flights departing NY at 12:25 and landing in Nairobi at 10:55 the next day.
Mikosz expects that the direct travel to the U.S. will boost KQ's revenue to upto a 10% increase in the 2019 financial year.
The airline on Thursday started selling tickets for the inaugural and subsequent flights between Nairobi and NY.
Those booking early will be able to get tickets for as low as $815 (Ksh.84,000) with returns return tickets set to retail from Ksh.106,000. The attacks hammered Kenya Airways by driving away tourists from the East African nation, which boasts palm-fringed beaches and safaris. While an elated chairman, Michael Joseph, said the development was as a symbol of KQ rebound.
The national carrier also said the new flight route to the USA will boost the country's economy as it would see tourism and trade rise between the two countries. "It will be profitable for us".
"Kenya Airways starts ticket sales for its non-stop daily flight to NY", the airline tweeted.
Tickets for the flight can be purchased on the national carrier's website and through agents.
The US is one of Kenya's key trading partners.
The U.S.is now Kenya's top tourism source market, commanding a market share of 12.2 percent of total arrivals to Kenya as of October 2017. This is expected to significantly reduce flight time between these two cities from more than 22 hours to 15 hours. The country is also a crucial market for Kenyan exports such as woven apparel, coffee, tea, spices, edible fruits, macadamia nuts and vegetables traded under AGOA but which have to travel long distances compromising quality and in turn reducing their value. "It will be possible to have dinner in Nairobi and breakfast in NY".
The direct flights would create about 150 new jobs at Kenya Airways, said Mikosz, who was hired from LOT Polish airlines last June to help turn around the carrier.
Kenya Airways celebrated 40 years of operations in January 2017 and was named Africa Leading Airline 2017 by the World Travel Awards.