Thursday, July 10, 2008

Direct US-Nairobi flights pushed back

Kenya: Delta Puts Off New York-Nairobi Flight Launch to 2009

America's Delta Airlines has postponed the launch of its service to Nairobi to next year, despite the finalisation of an open-skies agreement between the US and Kenya last month.

The proposed flight, from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport via Dakar, Senegal, would have been the first to Kenya by a major US carrier. Currently, passengers between East Africa and America have to fly through Europe or the Middle-East.

On Delta's website, the proposed service to Nairobi has been marked "pending government approval" since it was mooted last year. That approval was in theory granted on May 30, when the open-skies agreement was finalised. The agreement allows airlines from both countries to apply for transcontinental flights between the two countries.

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