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Trade to be biggest beneficiary of direct flights to New York

October 28, 2018 / GERALD ANDAE

The development, which makes Kenya the eighth country on the continent and the first in East Africa to operate direct flights to the US, is seen as a boost to the country’s economy, with focus on trade and tourism.In Africa, only Morocco, Cape Verde, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa have direct flights to the US.The 16-hour flight cuts the long times passengers have had to endure through transit airports in different continents. The US is a huge opportunity for Kenya and indeed eastern Africa. The market demands are high in terms of volumes and consistency. As a strong player in the region, Kenya stands to benefit from the neighbours to ensure consistent supply all year round because of the direct flight,” says Ms Jane Ngige, chief executive of Kenya Horticulture Council.