Kenyan national airline receives approval to fly past New York in the USA


Kenya Airways Boeing 777-300 (ER) lands at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands. Kenya Airways connects Amsterdam with Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya. Kenya Airways is part of the SkyTeam airline alliance. / Nicolas Economou / NurPhoto / Getty Images
Kenya Airways Boeing 777-300 (ER) lands at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. / Getty Images

The Kenyan parliament has backed a cabinet decision to amend the air transport agreement between Kenya and the United States, with which Kenya Airways will expand its route network beyond New York.

Kenya Airways currently offers scheduled flights for passengers between Nairobi and New York.

Kenya signed the agreement with the US on February 5, 2020, proposing to revise an earlier agreement signed in Washington DC on June 8, 2008.

The pact will also give national airlines such as Kenya Airways access to US routes and American airlines access to the Kenyan market.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia told lawmakers that no US airline is flying to Kenya. He said ratification of the agreement will allow Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), which has expressed an interest in commencing freight operations and establishing a base in Kenya.

FedEx is aiming for an operational base at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

“It is in the country’s interest to ratify the agreement, which will allow airlines to expand their route network and enter into commercial agreements and create employment opportunities,” Macharia said in a memo.

According to the Ministry of Transport, ratification of the agreement will improve trade and commerce, tourism, market access and connectivity, investment interests and mutual cooperation between the two countries.

The National Assembly’s Transportation Committee said in a report to the House of Representatives that the launch of FedEx cargo operations and a base in Kenya would have a multiplier effect on the Kenyan economy as it would open immense opportunities for Kenyans.

The team said the agreement will open expanded operations and markets for Kenyan and U.S. airlines, facilitate the flow of goods, passengers and mail, and provide more flexibility in meeting demands and customer needs.

The committee decided to recommend that the National Assembly approve ratification of the treaty as it is in Kenya’s best interests.

Source from local media

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