Royal Jordanian is to launch flights to Lagos
and Nairobi in December.
airline will operate direct regular flights to Lagos, the economic
and financial capital of Nigeria, starting 3 December 2011. It
will start operating to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, on the 16th
of the same month.
Royal Jordanian will operate two weekly flights with its
wide-bodied, 280-seat Airbus A330s to Lagos. The flight will
depart from Amman on Wednesdays at 12:40 after midnight, and reach
Lagos at 06:30; it comes back from Lagos the same day, leaving at
8am and reaching Amman at 15:15.
A second weekly
flight to Lagos will be on Saturdays. It will leave Amman at
14:45, reach Lagos at 20:35 and come back from Lagos at 10pm the
same day, reaching Amman the next morning at 05:15.
The narrower-bodied A319 will operate four weekly flights
between Amman and Nairobi. The flights will operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing from Amman at
20:30 and reaching Nairobi at 02:55 the next day. The flight back from
Nairobi is on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at
03:50, reaching Amman at 8am the same day.
RJ President/CEO Hussein Dabbas said the company’s effort to
inaugurate these two routes comes 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.
Connecting Amman with these
African cities is expected 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.
airline is conducting studies to see whether it is feasible to
inaugurate routes to Accra, capital of Ghana, and Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
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