Tourism bets on direct US flights to lift the numbers

Tourism players are anticipating a rise in visitor numbers from the American market as plans for Kenya Airways direct flights to New York later this year gather steam.

On Thursday, the airline started selling tickets for the inaugural flight, which is scheduled to take off on October 28.

The national carrier would become the first airline from East Africa to introduce daily flights from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to John F Kennedy International Airport.

The Kenya Tourism Board chief executive Betty Radier said holidaymakers visiting the country from America would increase in the wake of KQ’s direct flights to the US.