NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
tourist marketers said Friday they expect the number of tourists
visiting Kenya from the United States to grow as Kenya Airways
prepares to launch direct flights to New York in October.
The Kenya Tourism Board also termed the national carrier’s
direct flight to the U.S. as a welcome development as it is
expected to accelerate growth of the tourism industry by
contributing to increased tourist arrivals.
Kenya Airways said on Thursday it will launch a non-stop
flight from Nairobi to New York and has already started selling
tickets for the inaugural flight which is scheduled for Oct. 28.
The airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787
Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers.
The U.S. is currently Kenya’s top tourism source market,
commanding a market share of 12.2 percent of total arrivals to
Kenya as of October 2017.
Kenya Airways starts process of direct flights to New York
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Airways on Thursday kick started
the process of operationalizing direct flights to New York which
will commence on Oct. 28.
Kenya Airways Group Managing Director Sebastian Mikosz told a
media briefing in Nairobi that they will begin selling tickets
for the inaugural flight on Thursday.
"This is an exciting moment for us.
"It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and
high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa.
"We are honored to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya
and East Africa," Mikosz said.
The national carrier has already fulfilled one of the three
requirements by the United States government to operate non-stop
flights to New York city. "We hope to complete the other tasks
in the next ten months," he added.
Kenya Airways will become the first airline to offer a
non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of
The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East,
Indian sub-continent and Asia.
Kenya Airways flight will be the fastest connection from East
Africa to New York, with 15 hours duration eastbound and 14
hours westbound and will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph said that the flights
will symbolize the comeback for the airline that has been making
losses for the past few years.
"But we expect the destination to contribute up to ten
percent of all revenue in 2019," Joseph said.
The national airline is currently in talks with U.S.-based
Delta Airlines for a code sharing agreement in 2019 in order to
expand its destinations in the U.S.