On 28th of October this year, Kenya Airways will make its inaugural flight, targeting its core segments: Corporate and Premium Leisure to the US. The daily flight will connect Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York.
Kenya Airways feels the international community in the country, with 48 American companies and international organizations have their regional hubs in Nairobi places it at a unique position to boost travels and increase inbound traffic through JKIA to the region.
Just yesterday, Cabinet Secretaries Najib Balala, Fred Matiang’i and James Macharia made an unannounced visit at the airport and met various CEOs including Kenya Airports Authority’s Jonny Andersen. After the meeting, some of the changes they announced include that all the operations of the airport will have to under one central command to avoid different authorities pulling in different directions and all airport staff will undergo customer care training at Utalii College a seven-day crash programme among others.
The trans-Atlantic flights, scheduled to depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 10:30pm every day, will last 15 hours. The New York to Nairobi flight starts at 12.25pm. The East bound route (from New York) will take 14 hours, while the West bound (to New York) route will be 15 hours.
The flights will have four pilots, 12 flights attendants and will need 85 tonnes of fuel.
It will have a total of 234 passengers comprising, 30 premier passengers and 204 economy class. A ticket will cost between sh73,600 to sh83,500 on economy ticket, going by today’s rates.
The U.S.A. is Kenya’s top tourist source market. 95,771 tourists visited Kenya between Jan – Oct 2017, a 20 per cent increase in traffic every year for the past 2 years.