President Uhuru Kenyatta has challenged national carrier Kenya Airways to explore flying into more cities in the United States.
President Kenyatta says the planned launch of direct flights between Nairobi and New York from the 28th of next month will spur trade between the two countries.
It is a mission that has taken a decade to accomplish for the national carrier, Kenya Airways.
Since the year 2008, Kenya has been engaging with American authorities to get the nod to fly direct to the United States.
From the 28th of October, Kenya Airways will become the fifth African airline to fly to the United States, a country that has become an important tourism market for Kenya.
Last year, 110 thousand Americans visited Kenya bringing in more than 30 billion shillings.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the carrier to explore flying to the American West coast targeting states like California and Texas, in a bid to woo more American visitors.
Kenya Airways plans to operate daily flights to New York a journey that will take fifteen days.
Speaking during a dinner hosted for travel agents and business peoples Kenya Airways chief Sebastian Mikosz said the entry of KQ into the American market is expected to raise the profile of the national carrier.
Kenya Airways will become the first East African airline to fly directly to America.
However it is expected to face stiff competition from established airlines like Ethiopian and South African airlines.