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Kenya Airways Unveils direct flights from Kenya to the United States

Kenya Airways Unveils direct flights from Kenya to the United States

"We are honoured to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa", Kenya Airways Group managing director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz told a press conference in Nairobi.

KQ chairman Michael Joseph said the move was an important milestone for the airline that just concluded a complex financial restructuring, adding that the route would enable it swing back to and sustain profits.

On Thursday, KQ started selling tickets for the inaugural and later flights between Nairobi and NY price-tagged $869 (Sh87 000) for the early worms but said the prices would increase depending on demand. "This is a reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours, including lengthy layovers", said Mikosz. Economy class ticket is going for Sh106,365. In Africa, before only Morocco, Cape Verde, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa had direct flights to the US.

The US route completes an essential piece on KQ network which flies to various Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia destinations "It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa".

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The direct flight from Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to the United States is set to create over 150 jobs at the airport.

He said: "Winning these awards would not have been possible without the passion and dedication of the Kenya Airways team and the strong support from our guests".

"This is the best New Year gift our premier carrier, the Pride of Africa, has given to us Kenyans living here who make numerous trips to Kenya for different reasons".

"We continue to be focused on service improvements by listening to our customers and responding to their needs, with a firm commitment to providing improved connectivity, and quality service through our hub in Nairobi".