Kenya Airways has announced plans to operate daily flights from Nairobi to New York, up from three weekly, with effect from 19th June 2023.
The launch of the New York route in October 2018 came amid a cost-cutting and nationalization program in an attempt to stave off the airline’s bankruptcy.
According to the US Department of Transportation, Kenya Airways’ JFK service achieved a seat load factor (SLF) of 76.5% in 2019, with 104,544 passengers carried.
The launch of the route spurred KQ to become the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America. The flight has a 15-hour duration eastbound and 14-hour duration westbound.
The airline’s Nairobi to New York Route serves 34 African destinations. Nigeria leads at 16.3% of connecting Africa traffic with 1753 passengers.
To facilitate a seamless one-stop travel experience from the US, the airline also signed a codeshare agreement with America’s Delta Airlines.
The agreement enables travellers to enjoy more connectivity to Chicago, Texas, Colorado, Orland, Miami, Raleigh Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Missouri.