Home News US yet to make decision on direct flights over security concerns Thursday January 14 2016 email print US Ambassador Robert Godec said that the American government is yet to determine when direct flights to and from Kenya would commence due to security concerns. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP In Summary Some of the concerns touch on security at the JKIA, which is Kenya’s topmost aviation gateway.US travel advisory against Lamu still in force since the county was under threat from extremism activities. Advertisement By MATHIAS RINGA More by this Author The US government is yet to make a final decision on when direct flights between America and Kenya would commence, due to security concerns.US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said although the Kenya has made progress in addressing the aviation requirements, there were still some security issues which needed to be sorted out.Some of the concerns touch on security at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, which is Kenya’s topmost aviation gateway.In an exclusive interview with the Nation at Ali Mazrui Memorial Library at Majengo in Mombasa on Tuesday, Mr Godec said the US government had given Kenya technical support to help it meet the requirements.When pushed to give a timeline, Mr Godec said: “We are not quite there yet. Threats must be addressed. We cannot give a timeframe and announcements on when the direct flights will commence.”LAMU TRAVEL ADVISORY Related Content Uhuru now waives visa fees for young visitors - VIDEO Last week, the government said direct flights between Kenya and the US could become a reality in four months.Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said Kenya had completed “almost all” relevant audit requirements given by the US aviation authorities, hence the bold projection.“We anticipate that we shall commence direct flights to the USA by May 2016, having as of now cleared almost all aviation audit issues,” Mr Macharia told the Nation last week.When Mr Godec was asked about the US travel advisories against Lamu, he said they were still in force since the county was under threat from extremism activities.“Lamu is still under threat due to extremism around Boni forest. The security concerns on Lamu must be addressed to make the region safe,” he said.Earlier, Mr Godec officially opened the Ali Mazrui Memorial Library in honour of renowned scholar, the late Professor Ali Mazrui.He said the library would boost education in Mombasa and called on youth and women to make full use of it.The US Embassy had helped equip the library with laptops, books, among other necessities. email print Related Stories Wed Jan 13 01:59:00 EAT 2016 Uhuru now waives visa fees for young visitors - VIDEO President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that Kenya would reduce park entry fees for foreigners. In the headlines The transformation of Ababu and Karua Once some of the fiercest critics of Uhuru and Ruto, LPK and Narc-Kenya leaders are now in Election 2017: Who will be president? Some are career politicians, others are teachers, one recently returned from the US, and another Prosecutors want Boniface Mwangi arrested Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies The rise and fall of Noriega May, Corbyn clash over Brexit Waiguru seeks to block lifestyle audit JUST BRENDA: My girlfriend can't cook, help!