KENYA has met the threshold required for a category one airport status for direct flights between Nairobi and the US.
This follows an audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation on the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and Kenya Airports Authority between September 17 and 24, 2014. ICAO has given the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport an 88 per cent score, placing it above the 80 per cent mark required for any airport to attain category one status.
It concludes attempts by the country since 2013 when it scored 66 per cent and slightly missing the mark in April 2014 after scoring 78.42 per cent. “The audit went well. We are now pursuing approvals by the Federal Aviation Administration,” KCAA director general Gilbert Kibe told the Star yesterday.
FAA regulates and oversees the American civil aviation sector.