NAIROBI, Kenya has been granted Category One status by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which enables direct flights to be mounted between Kenya and the US.
The new CAT1 status has been hailed here as a major milestone in the growth and development of civil aviation in Kenya, East Africa and the rest of Africa.
“With this category, there will be faster movement of goods and people between the two countries, eradicating delays, especially forn horticultural produce from Kenya,” the Kenya Airports Authority said in a statement here Thursday.
The new status will also lead to greater market access to the US from normal scheduled passenger and cargo standards.
Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Transport James Macharia said Kenya Airways would immediately apply for the approval to code share its services with airlines in the US.
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Director-General Gilbert Kibe says the country will also seek to enhance training of aviation experts.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK