The Kenya Airports Authority has been issued with the Last Point of Departure (LPD) clearance by the United States government for Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The clearance approved by the Trump administration means that airlines can now leave Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and fly directly to any terminus in the United States.
“This is a major achievement for Kenya as JKIA becomes one of the elite African airports to be certified as a last point of departure to the United States,” a statement from Kenya Airport Authority MD Johnny Andersen read.
According to Andersen who stated that JKIA is now poised to become the premier hub in Africa, the first direct flight from Kenya to the United States is scheduled for October this year.
Obtaining the LPD clearance was the final obstacle in Kenya Airways plans to offer direct flights to the United States of America.
In 2017, following exertions by the government through the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Kenya managed to acquire a Category One Status that endorsed direct flights from the country to the US.
The move comes after the much publicized summit between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his equivalent President Donald Trump of the United States that took place in Washington DC earlier this week.
During the summit Uhuru and Trump agreed to foster stronger trade relations between Kenya and the United States and this is a clear indication that ties between the two nations are already being augmented.