Raila calls for direct US-Kenya flights
Prime Minister Raila Odinga has renewed calls for direct flights between the US and Kenya, saying the country is working to address the security and infrastructure concerns of airlines.
Raila and a delegation from Denver, Colorado, agreed to form a joint committee to explore ways of starting direct flights between Nairobi and the US city.
Speaking after receiving officials, businessmen and students from the City of Denver at his offices, Raila said the completion of Terminal Four of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport would address the concerns that led to the cancellation of direct flights by Delta Air lines.
Terminal Four, whose construction the PM said is progressing well, will separate arrivals from departures, which was a key concern raised by US authorities and Delta Airlines.
“Direct flights from Atlanta were cancelled at the last minute because we had not yet separated arrivals from departures. We are working on this now. Having direct flights between Kenya and US is long overdue. It will mean our farmers delivering their flowers, coffee and other products to the US market,” the PM said.
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