Ready for take-off! A Kenyan Airways crew at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Having been granted the Category 1 security and safety status, Kenya hopes to boost trade with the US and increase its share of American tourists / Photo: KA

Kenya to start direct US flights after security clearance

Kenyan airlines have been granted security clearance by US authorities for direct flights to the United States, Kenya’s minister of transport said on Thursday, having improved infrastructure at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Kenya now has Category 1 security and safety status and hopes that will allow it to boost trade with the U.S. and increase its share of American tourists, James Macharia said.

“Kenya Airways will immediately apply for approval to codeshare with US airlines while concurrently pursuing approval for direct flights,” he told a news conference in Nairobi.

The government has a stake in flag carrier Kenya Airways and has recently finished building a new terminal and plans to spend more on Jomo Kenyatta International airport.

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