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New flights will boost numbers

New flights will boost numbers

The country has invested heavily in two key regions, some $16 billion in Aqaba and $6 billion in Amman. Arabiyat said over the next three years, Jordan would add around 7,000 to 8,000 hotel rooms in Aqaba and 6,000 to 7,000 in Amman.


New flights have also contributed to growth, said Arabiyat. The first easyJet flight from Berlin to Aqaba touched down on Saturday (November 3) and the first from Gatwick will depart next Saturday (November 10). The destination also welcomes twice-weekly Ryanair flights from Athens, Cologne, Rome and Sofia, and around 10 charter flights a week from Russia.


Ryanair also operates 26 weekly flights to Amman from 10 European bases, while Norwegian operates a twice-weekly Copenhagen-Amman service and once-a-week Copenhagen-Aqaba service.

 

“We have an open skies policy,” said Arabiyat. “We have incentive schemes for airlines looking to fly to Aqaba and Amman. We assist them with marketing support. We want to keep building routes with these companies.


UK tourist numbers specifically has increased 9% in the nine months to September (inclusive) from around 55,000 to 60,000 - and Arabiyat said easyJet’s new Gatwick-Aqaba service would build on this growth.


“The UK is one of our major markets, it’s in our top five,” said Arabiyat. “We’ve brought our biggest stand ever here to WTM. We’ve got 20 tour operators and six hotels here. British tourists know and love Jordan and our product. Cheap, affordable flights will double numbers to Jordan.


“We know exactly what people like and what they want. We work with our tour operator partners to create itineraries that meet the needs of UK tourists.”

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