Kenya Airways (KQ) has made a major stride in its efforts to have direct flights to the United States, after being granted air traffic rights to the United States' airspace.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said that Kenya Airways now awaits other crucial licenses to see it fly direct airlines to the US by March 2018.
Air Service License giving it commercial approval and the Air Operating Certificate, which gives it technical authority to operate to the US, are some of the license the airline must secure to achieve the dream.
Further, KQ has to get clearance from the US-Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before commencing direct airlines to America.
Kenya inched closer to flying direct flights to the US after its largest Airport Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) attained “Category one” status on February 23, 2017, having met US authorities standards.
Others are technical personnel qualification and training, technical guidance, provision of safety critical information, licensing, certification, authorization and approval obligations, surveillance obligations and resolution of safety concerns.
Kenya has spent heavily in recent years to refurbish the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with a total of about Sh1.3 billion worth of security equipment being bought and a further Sh9 billion to build Terminal 1 and the fabricated Terminal Two.
Macharia broke the news during the announcement of the incoming Chairman of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority’s Chairman Joseph Nkadayo, who succeeds Samuel Phoghisio.