There may be soon non-stop flights between the United States and Kenya.
Kenya received a safety certification this week from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that will allow its airlines to apply for non-stop flights to U.S. airports.
Non-stop flights would cut hours off the lengthy journey between the two nations, and provide a major boost to Kenya’s tourism industry.
Kenya Airways said it would begin work immediately to establish new routes.
Bob Godec, the U.S. ambassador to Kenya, said the certification means it’s only a “matter of time” before the first non-stop flights take off.
“I can’t stress enough how much we want to see Americans enjoying everything Kenya has to offer,” he said in a tweet.
The latest data from the UN World Tourism Organization shows that visits to Kenya surged by 16% in the year to October due to “strong marketing efforts…