The permit, which was issued by the US Department of Transportation (DoT), became effective last September 5. Back in June, the DoT had recommended the granting of the permit to KQ if there was no public opposition.
United States President Donald Trump was also given a 61-day period to reject the permit if he wanted to but no objection was given by the time the window ended on September 5.
The Department of Transportation says that it has given KQ a foreign air carrier permit “to engage in: Scheduled and charter foreign air transportation of persons, property, and mail from any point or points behind Kenya, via any point or points in Kenya and any intermediate points, to any point or points in the United States and beyond.”
Kenya attained Category One Status in February of this year after officials from the US Federal Aviation Administration approved the operation of non-stop flights between the two countries.
This led to Kenya Airways and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to start going through the final regulatory obstacles before the take-off of the first flight from Nairobi to the United States.
In June, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said that officials from the United States would arrive in Kenya in October to carry out the final audit of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.