By Margaret Kalekye
Kenya has been granted Category One status by the US Federal Aviation Administration.
The new status allows for direct flights between Kenya and United States.
The new CAT1 status has been hailed as a major milestone in the growth and development of civil aviation in Kenya, East Africa and the rest of Africa.
“With this category, there will be faster movement of goods and people between the two countries, eradicating delays especially on horticultural produce from Kenya” read a statement from Kenya Airports Authority.
The new status will also lead to more market access to the US comprising of normal scheduled passenger and cargo standards.
Transport CS James Macharia says that Kenya will immediately apply for the approval to code share with United States Airlines.
The Cabinet Secretary noted that the government has invested in the expansion of airport infrastructure.
The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Director General Gilbert Kibe says the country will also seek to enhance training of aviation experts