Several airlines suspend flights to Aqaba — JTB director

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AMMAN — On Tuesday, the Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), Abdelrazzaq Arabiyat stated that some airlines have suspended travel to Aqaba due to the security situation in the region, including EasyJet and Ryanair, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

Arabiyat pointed out that the current political events in the region and Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip have affected tourism to Jordan, especially low-cost airlines. However, he mentioned that there are still airlines operating and traveling to Aqaba.

Arabiyat noted that the percentage of Jordanians using low-cost airlines does not exceed 14 percent of the total number of passengers, as Jordan's agreements with low-cost and charter airlines are marketing agreements and not subsidies.

Regarding travel to Amman, he noted a reduction in the number of flights due to decreased demand stemming from tourists' fears, but this reduction is temporary. Tourism activity typically returns to normal between April and October.

Arabiyat clarified that Ryanair has reduced its flights or routes but has not ceased operations. There will be flights from Milan, Brussels, and Madrid, and a decision has been made to increase the Paphos route.

He further stated that Jordan has been significantly affected in terms of low-cost airline flights, but other markets have compensated for the decrease. The Arab market has increased by 25 percent, and the African market has also seen an increase.

Arabiyat emphasized that efforts are being made to explore new markets to compensate for any decrease in tourist flights.

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