Kenya Airways (KQ) is celebrating one year since making its maiden flight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi to John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York on 29th October 2018.
The Kenyan national carrier marked a milestone with the introduction of direct flights to New York City exactly a year ago, a move that was welcomed by many.
Statistics indicate that the flight has made about 594 hauls and flew at least 105, 000 passengers.
Kenya Airways CEO Mr. Sebastian Mikosz said that they have been operating daily during the peak season and five days a week during the off-peak season. The USA is one of the many top tourists’ source market.
The Kenya Association of Travel Agents (KATA) lauded KQ for the milestone and indicating that their clients have had great experiences on the flights.
The Scott Travel Group Managing Director Ms. Tracy Scott congratulated the airline adding that her clients are happy with the flights.
“It is great for Kenya and I can see it having a progressive positive impact on our ties and trading with the US, and on Kenya’s continued standing as a global player. As a Brit, who feels sad about looming Brexit, I think it’s great that Kenya is forging closer ties with the US and other countries, and that Kenya Airways is pushing to expand its network in this way.” Ms. Scott said.
Mr. Patrick Kamanga, MD of Deans Travel Centre also lauded the airline. He however urged KQ to consider partnerships with other airlines in the US to allow an easier commute for travellers.
“This is the best thing that KQ ever did but unfortunately without plan, we still are unable to sell to other points in the USA. Not all Kenyans are traveling to JFK. KQ are yet to set up proper agreements with Delta or other airlines forcing us to issue two separate tickets when one wants to fly to a point outside JFK. Rate becomes too high!” he stated.
To mark this milestone, Mr. Mikosz said that they are offering a 30% discount on all their destinations.