After more than a decade long wait, Kenya can now operate direct flights to the United States.
The US Federal Aviation Administration says Kenya has complied with international safety standards and can have direct flights to the country.
The east african country also had to upgrade infrastructure at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Without the category 1 rating conferred by the US Federal Aviation Administration, all flights originating from Kenya had to make a stop over in another country with the same ranking, usually in Europe or the Middle East.
This is a major milestone in Kenya’s aviation industry as it now has a chance to boost trade with the US and increase its share of American tourists.
Kenya is now among five sub-Saharan Africa countries that can fly directly to the US. The rest are; South Africa, Ethiopia, Cape Verde, Ghana, and Nigeria.