Direct Washington-Amman flight to help tourism

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AMMAN — United Airlines inaugurated direct flights between Washington, DC and Amman, Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) announced. اضافة اعلان

The three weekly flights on the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with capacity for 243 passengers will operate out of Queen Alia International Airport.

JTB said “this extremely important step will facilitate the increase in tourist traffic from America.”

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Al-Fayez told Jordan News that United Airlines started direct flights from Washington to Amman on May 6, adding that this is a major step for the Kingdom’s tourism as linking Amman with Washington will encourage American travelers to come to Jordan.

Director-General of Jordan Tourism Board Abdul Razzaq Arabiyat told Jordan News: “We welcome United Airlines in Amman, and work together to bring more travelers to experience our country.”

According to Arabiyat, United Airlines is important because it has a wide destination network across the US and within South America, and that will contribute to encouraging tourism to Jordan.

“There is confidence in the Jordanian tourism product, and there is great demand from American companies,” he said.

The head of the Tourist Committee of the Jordan Society of Tourism and Travel Agents, Salama Khattar, told Jordan News that the direct flight between Washington and Amman will have a positive impact as it is bound to attract large numbers of tourists, reiterating that this is an “excellent and promising step”.

After two years of stagnation due to the pandemic, there is demand in the US for tourism to Jordan, “and it is expected that we will witness greater numbers of tourists at the beginning of June”, Khattar said.

Airport International Group CEO Nicolas Claude expressed satisfaction at the arrival of the first United Airlines flight, “which marks the start of a new direct flight between Amman and the US capital, Washington”, and said that the group endeavors to expand the airline network, and provide travelers with a direct link with a major communication hub.

“As the only American airline to fly directly from Jordan to the US, our new service enhances the airline’s international network and provides our customers from Jordan with convenient, one-stop procedures through the Washington Dulles hub to destinations across America,” he said.

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