Kenya Airways (KQ) is eyeing the American market and has earmarked New York as its first destination when it starts direct flights to the US next year.
KQ received regulatory approval last week to commence direct flights to the US. It also received a foreign air carrier permit earlier in the month from the United States Department of Transportation to fly through this route.
It hopes to move an estimated 60,000 passengers in its first year of operation via this route.
“We are currently focusing on New York due to the importance of point to point traffic with Nairobi. However, we are also studying other options on the US territory as we may expand our network in the US in the near future,” Kenya Airways (KQ) Commercial Director Vincent Coste said in an interview with Business Daily Africa.