NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has called on investors to take
advantage of the flights between Nairobi and New York, set to
begin in October, to expand business.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, said on Wednesday that the
collaboration by Kenya Airways and the U.S. will transform
Nairobi into commercial and transport hub that will come with
all the attendant features to enhance trade.
"As soon as the venture gets underway, Kenya will invest
massively to ensure that infrastructural facilities for
conducive trade are enhanced in order to make the undertaking an
operational success," Macharia said.
He made the remarks during a meeting with U.S. Under
Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan, who is on a two-day visit
to Nairobi to strengthen talks and trade between the two
countries ahead of the direct flights to the North American
Kaplan was accompanied by a delegation of over 70 business
people from the private sector executives and members of the
President’s Advisory Council for the tour ahead of Oct. 28
launch of non-stop flights that will make Kenya Airways the
first airline to offer non-stop flight between East Africa and
The airline will operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with the
capacity of 234 passengers daily with a 15 hours duration
eastbound and 14 hours westbound.
Sebastian Mikosz, Kenya Airways CEO, said the flight will be
the 52nd destination worldwide in the company’s growing network.
"Kenya and the U.S. have been close allies and have enjoyed
cordial bilateral relations since independence, with about 50
American companies and organizations operating in the country
that will henceforth their time and space abridged because of
the new developments," the CEO said.
Mikosz said the U.S. is also Kenya’s top tourist source
market, with a total of 95,700 tourists having visited Kenya in
the first 10 months of last year, a 20 percent increase in
traffic every year for the past two years.