RJ to launch flights to Lagos, Accra
Amman, May 28, 2013
Royal Jordanian, the flag carrier of the kingdom, will launch flights to Lagos in Nigeria and Accra, the capital of Ghana, from July 3.
President and CEO Amer Hadidi said that the company is finding new travel markets in different countries in order to boost tourism to the kingdom and to generate more revenues for the airline, given the decline in tourism movement from the traditional markets of Europe and North America.
Hadidi pointed out that connecting Amman with these two African cities is bound to attract large numbers of passengers, particularly Muslim pilgrims who wish to continue their flights to Saudi Arabia to conduct Hajj and Umrah, and those who like to visit the shrines and tombs of Prophet Mohammad’s companions before they proceed on their religious journey.
The service will also transport Christian pilgrims who come to Jordan to visit the Baptism site and other Christian holy sites in Jordan and the Middle East.
He added that this new route will serve several types of tourism, such as medical, as Jordan is renowned for its high-standard medical treatment, and help business travelers and investors wishing to do business with Jordan and thus help develop economic and trade relations, and support the movement of goods among countries.
Moreover, the Lagos/Accra flight is bound to feed other RJ routes, for passengers transiting via Queen Alia International Airport on their way to Jeddah, Madinah Munawarah, Dubai, Beirut, Delhi and others, Hadidi said.
The company will operate the route (Amman-Lagos-Accra-Lagos-Amman) twice weekly with its wide-bodied, 280-seat Airbus A330s, on Wednesdays and Fridays. – TradeArabia News Service