RJ adds two more destinations to network
Amman, October 31, 2011
Royal Jordanian will start flights to two new destinations - Lagos and Nairobi, in December. The move is expected to help both RJ and the tourism sector in the kingdom benefit from the tourism potential in some major West and East African countries.
RJ President/CEO, Hussein Dabbas, said that the company will operate direct regular flights to Lagos, the economic and financial capital of Nigeria, starting December 3 and to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, on December 16.
Dabbas said the company’s effort to inaugurate the two routes come in line with the expansion strategy RJ in undertaking in an attempt to find new tourism and travel markets, given the decline in tourism movement from the traditional markets of Europe and North America.
He pointed out that connecting Amman with these African cities is bound to attract large numbers of tourists to the Kingdom, particularly Muslim pilgrims who wish to continue their flights to Mecca and Medina, in Saudi Arabia, and Christians, who come to Jordan to visit the baptism site and other Christian holy sites. Moreover, transit travelers can use Queen Alia International Airport as a hub for their travel to the east.
The airline is conducting studies to see if it is feasible to inaugurate routes to Accra, the capital of Ghana, and Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, working on putting these cities on its route network in the near future.
Dabbas said that these four additions to its 59 global destinations constitute a real leap for Royal Jordanian’s volume of air transportation. The step will also support the national efforts that aim at enhancing Jordan’s position as a gateway to the Middle East and a hub that connects this region to the whole world. – TradeArabia News Service