Africa Middle East Kenya official says direct flight to U.S. is imminent By Dorine Reinstein / January 29, 2016 Share 1 -- A direct commercial flight linking Kenya and the U.S. is in the cards for 2016. This is according to reports in the Daily Nation in Kenya and other publications. Kenya’s transport cabinet secretary James Macharia, told reporters in Kenya that he anticipates to commence direct flights to the U.S. by May as the country has cleared almost all aviation audit issues. Macharia added that several airlines had expressed interest to offer direct flights between Kenya and the U.S., such as Delta Airlines and Kenya Airways. The minister went on to say that Jomo Kenyatta Airport has scored 88% when it was assessed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation last September. Inspectors from the FAA in the U.S. are expected to complete the audit of the airport before the end of March. Delta announced plans to start services to Kenya as early as 2009. However, the airline postponed its plans for an Atlanta-Nairobi route after the U.S. government refused permission, citing security concerns.