Kenyan airlines have been granted security clearance by U.S. authorities to start direct flights to the U.S., Kenya’s Minister of Transport, James Macharia, said on Thursday.
The minister said that the clearance followed improved infrastructure at Nairobi’s main airport.
He added that “Kenya now has Category 1 security and safety status and hopes that will allow it to boost trade with the U.S. and increase its share of American tourists.
“Kenya Airways will immediately apply for approval to code-share with U.S. airlines while concurrently pursuing approval for direct flights.”
The government has a stake in flag carrier Kenya Airways and has recently finished building a new terminal and plans to spend more on Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Kenya suffered frequent attacks by Islamist militants from neighbouring Somalia in recent years.