Direct cargo transportation to the US will begin in December 1, as the airline awaits further approvals from customs, agriculture and medical authorities.
“There is need to test on the aircraft’s temperature-controlled environment during flight and storage as we ca’t take risks, for example, in transportation of livestock products,” CEO Sebastian Mikosz said on Thursday.
The first direct flight to John F Kennedy internatial airport in New York is set for October 28 after KQ received the Last Mile Point of Departure (LPD) letter that affirmed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport meets the Transport Security Administration (TSA) security standards.
According to Transport CS James Macharia, the direct flights will be beneficial to the horticulture sector in creation of value addition of commodities.
“When flights have to connect to other continents to get to the US, flowers and other horticultural produce reduce value which also increases the rejects rate,” Macharia said. -The Starr