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‘On the world tourism map’: A look inside the Ryanair-Jordan Deal

26 Feb 2018

In a potential boon for Jordan’s recovering tourism industry, the budget airline carrier Ryanair recently announced the opening of 14 new flight routes from European cities to airports in Amman and Aqaba.

According to a Ryanair press release, the first route will open this March from Paphos (Cyprus) to Amman. Nine additional routes will then open to Amman in October from airports in Italy, Belgium, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary and Lithuania. Four additional routes from cities in Greece, Germany, Italy and Bulgaria will open in the winter of 2018.

The new flights will bring in an additional 500,000 travellers to Jordan each year and create roughly 340 jobs for Jordanian citizens, Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien said at a press conference in early February. “These routes will introduce new business and leisure travellers from eleven European countries to one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world,” O’Brien said.

Lina Annab, Jordan’s minister of tourism and antiquities, said that she believes that the new routes will be a significant development for Jordan’s tourism industry. “Ryanair’s decision to fly to Jordan sends a loud and clear message about the diversity and the untapped potential of Jordan’s tourism product,” Annab said.

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