Nairobi, September 8: Finally clearing its last hurdle, Kenya has got the permission to run direct flights to US. US Department of Transport issued Kenya Airways with the foreign air carrier permit. Kenya Airways now can run both cargo and passengers flight.
The national carrier has been trying to start direct flight for diversifying its market and a direct flight is part of that strategy. Now it is able to “to engage in: Scheduled and charter foreign air transportation of persons, property, and mail from any point or points behind Kenya, via any point or points in Kenya and any intermediate points, to any point or points in the United States and beyond”.
In February 2017, Kenya got approval for non-stop direct flights to the US from America’s Federal Aviation Administration. Hence then it got category one status. In June US e Department of Transportation recommended that KQ could get a permit if there is no public objection. No objection had been submitted till 5th September clearing the permission.