Kenya Airways starts non-stop daily flight to New York

Kenya Airways has marked a great milestone with the launch of a non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York. The national carrier starts selling today tickets for the inaugural flight which is scheduled for October 28th this year.

Kenya Airways becomes the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.

The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.

The opening of the US destination completes an essential piece for Kenya Airways’ network, cementing its position as one of the leading African carriers.

“This is an exciting moment for us. It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa. We are honoured to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa.” said Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz.

With over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, the launch of daily flights is expected to further spur trade between America and Africa.

Kenya Airways will offer its customers a unique travel experience between two great gateways. It will be the fastest connection from East Africa to New York, with a 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound.

The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network, will require 4 Pilots and 12 Flight attendants as well as 85 tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation.

The airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers.

The flight will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day.

From New York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day. Its duration will be 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound.

This convenient schedule will allow connections to and from over 40 African destinations through Kenya Airways hub in Nairobi.

FAA Announces Aviation Safety Rating for Kenya

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Kenya complies with international safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating under the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program.

A Category 1 rating means Kenya’s civil aviation authority meets International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. With the Category 1 rating, Kenyan air carriers that are able to secure the requisite FAA and DOT authority can establish service to the United States and carry the code of U.S. carriers.

The FAA had not previously assessed Kenya’s civil aviation authority for compliance with ICAO standards. The Category 1 status announced today is based on a February, 2017 FAA assessment of the safety oversight provided by Kenya’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

As part of the FAA’s IASA program, the agency assesses the civil aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that have applied to fly to the United States, currently conduct operations to the United States, or participate in code sharing arrangements with U.S. partner airlines, and makes that information available to the public. The assessments determine whether or not foreign civil aviation authorities are meeting ICAO safety standards, not FAA regulations.

In order to maintain a Category 1 rating, a country must adhere to the safety standards of ICAO, the United Nations’ technical agency for aviation that establishes international standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and maintenance. IASA information is posted at

Statement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)


Moi International Airport welcomes Condor inaugural flight from Munich

Mombasa Wednesday 22nd June 2016-Passengers flying out of Moi International Airport now have a new option for non-stop travel to Germany. Kenya Airports Authority in conjunction with the Kenya Tourism Board this morning welcomed the inaugural Condor Airline flight from Munich a Boeing 767-300.

The flight which landed at 0529Hrs, arrived with 100 passengers on board. The new addition will be operating a weekly flight to Munich every Wednesday from Moi International Airport.

The  Ag. Airport Manager, Engineer Danson Mwangi said “We are excited that Condor has added this new non-stop service to Moi International Airport. This increased air service provides our passengers with another destination for European travel, and opens up the coastal region to German tourists. “

“This is the beginning of a bright future as the tourism sector once again begins to blossom.  Mombasa is a competitive tourist destination, and Moi International Airport provides an excellent entry point for the coastal cities of Kenya and the East African Region.” Eng. Mwangi Added.

In December 2015 the Ministry of Tourism in liaison with Kenya Airport Authority initiated the Charter Incentive Program and subsidy which has waived landing fees for charters with 80% of the passengers terminating at Mombasa and Malindi for the next 2 years. The program is aimed at recovering lost business from tourist charter aircraft that used to terminate at Moi International and Malindi airports.
The government is also waiving visa fees for children under the age of 16 years to encourage family travel to Kenya.  Condor Airline is already operating another flight directly from Frankfurt to Moi International Airport twice weekly on Monday and Friday, terminating in Zanzibar.

Security Screening

For your safety and that of your fellow travelers, all passengers as well as their carry-on and registered baggage are screened.
To speed up the security screening process, we kindly invite you to already make the following preparations while queuing:

Remove all metal objects such as keys, cell phones, coins from your pockets and place all these items in the plastic tray provided for this purpose
Take off your coat or jacket and place them in the plastic tray
Liquids & gels should be presented separately
Remove your laptop from its travel case for separate screening
Strictly follow the instructions given by the security agent

For security reasons, all hold baggage is screened.
If during this screening, the security agent suspects the presence of prohibited or dangerous goods, the our airport security team on the ground is allowed to open your bag or suitcase. As a rule the passenger is confronted with their baggage. In this case your baggage will be opened in your presence and the security staff will explain to you why an extra search is being performed.

Security Control

Hand Held Luggage

For security reasons the quantity of liquids and gels in your hand baggage is strictly limited. Likewise, pointed or blunt items that may be used as a weapon are not allowed in the cabin. Most of these are allowed on board as hold baggage with the exception of goods that are traditionally qualified as dangerous.

The following may be carried in your hand luggage only if they are stored in containers up to 100mls and placed in a transparent reseal able plastic bag and thereafter shall be screened separately from other items carried in the hand luggage. The capacity of the transparent plastic bag must not be greater than 1 litre.

Liquids Gels and Aerosols include:

  • Water and other drinks.
  • Syrups
  • Creams, Lotions and Oils
  • Perfumes and Sprays
  • Gels including hair and shower gels
  • Pressurized containers such as shaving foam and deodorants
  • Pastes including, Vaseline and eye shadow
  • Other items with similar consistency

The following items are allowed in hand luggage:

  • Medicine needed during the flight
  • Baby food needed during the flight

You may buy any liquids beyond the security check points including the Duty Free Items or in-flight. Items purchased must be packed in security tamper evident bags and accompanied by proof of purchase upon presenting them at the security check point.

Security Checks for Airport Staff

  • All officers at the Airport will be required to go through security checks when reporting on duty or accessing restricted area of the Airport.
  • Entrance and exits to and from restricted area is through the staff gates.
  • Before entering the restricted area you will be required to put any item that you may be carrying through the X- Ray machine, and go through the walk through Metal Detector/ Arch way detector. It is advised that you remove all metal objects on your body, including belts and put them through the X- Ray machine (small baskets are provided at the screening points for these objects), before walking through the detector. These you collect on the other side of the screening machine.

Airport Passes

Permanent Security Passes

Application for permanent security passes are done at the Kenya Airports Authority Headquarters.

Temporary Security Pass

  • Kenya Airports Authority provides this to the public who may want to access the Airport restricted areas
  • Temporary Security passes are issues at the discretion of the Managing Director, General Manager Security or the Airport Manager.
  • Valid reasons with documentary evidence should be given when applying for a security pass.
  • Temporary Security passes are issued at the Security office at the International arrivals JKIA
  • You will be requested to leave you identity card/ passport/ driving licence with the security office, before being issued with a security pass

Conditions for Security Pass

It is Mandatory for any applicant of an Airport Pass to read and understand the set conditions for a pass (Download link provided below) before printing and signing the form. The applicant should submit the signed form together with the signed declaration.

Security Passes Downloads

Restricted Areas Personnel Security Pass Loss Report Form
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New Applicant Pass Form
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Landside Business Operator, Pass Loss Report Form 2016
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Land Side Pass Application Form
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Conditions for Obtaining an Airport Security Pass
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2016 Pass Renewal Form
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Temporary Access Permits have been relocated to JKIA, behind Paul’s café and next to Equity bank.

Any inquiries/requests can be sent to :

Security & Baggage


Security Restricted Areas Loss Form
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Security Restricted Areas New Applicant Form
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Land side Business Operator, Pass Loss Report Form 2016
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Land Side New Pass Application Form
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Circular: Renewal and Issuance of Land Side Passes for the year 2017
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Land Side Renewal Application 2017
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Security Permits and Services Financial Circular
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Conditions for Obtaining an Airport Security Pass
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Land side Business Operator, Pass Loss Report Form
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Security Restricted Areas Permits Renewal Form 2018
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JKIA Permits Renewals 2018 Schedule
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Renewal and Issuance Circular for All other airports 2018
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Renewal and Issuance of JKIA Passes Circular 2018
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