RJ launches flights to Nairobi
Amman, December 18, 2011
Royal Jordanian recently added Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, to its existing network in the African continent.
The route will serve as a vital link between Jordan and Kenya, opening new economic horizons for cooperation between both countries, and is expected to help both RJ and the tourism sector in the kingdom benefit from the tourism potential in Kenya and some major West and East African countries.
RJ president Hussein Dabbas said that the company’s effort to inaugurate this route comes in line with the expansion strategy the airline 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 the African city is bound to attract tourists to the region, 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, large numbers of transit travelers can use Queen Alia International Airport as a hub for their travel to other countries, a statement from the airline company said.
The airline will operate four weekly flights between Amman and Nairobi with its narrow-bodied A319. The aircraft is distinguished by modern features, including spacious seat pitch, state-of-the-art audio channels, and personal video screens available for each passenger on economy and crown classes.
RJ will launch two new routes; to Algiers and Lagos during the first quarter of 2012, and is conducting studies to see whether it is feasible to inaugurate routes to AddisAbaba, the capital of Ethiopia, and Accra, capital of Ghana.
The airline is working on putting these cities on its route network during the first half of 2012, the statement said.
The airline has 59 global destinations. These five additions will 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