Transport Cabinet Secretary James_Macharia_400x400 said Kenya had completed “almost all” relevant audit requirements by the United States aviation authorities, hence the bold projection.

“We anticipate that we shall commence direct flights to the USA by May 2016, having as of now cleared almost all aviation audit issues,” Mr Macharia told the Nation.

Kenya has been pushing for the introduction of the direct flights for years now without success.

If it happens this year, the plan is expected to be a huge win for among others, Kenya’s hard-hit tourism sector as it will form a direct pipeline for American tourists coming straight to Kenya.

Analysts say it would also stimulate business between the two countries. Read More