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Wizz Air plans for 8 routes to Jordan

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Press conference held on October 3 announcing the conclusion of the Kingdom’s agreement with an international low-cost airline, Wizz Air. (Photo: Handout from Jordan Tourism Board)
AMMAN — Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Al-Fayez announced during a press conference held on Sunday the conclusion of a new agreement between the Kingdom and the international low-cost airline Wizz Air, under which the airline plans to operate eight new routes into and from Jordan.اضافة اعلان

The inauguration of the agreement came in the presence of the Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, Abdul Razzaq Arabiyat, the representative of Wizz Air Group in the press conference, Owain Jones, and Sharhabeel Madi, Deputy Chief Commissioner/Commissioner for Tourism Affairs at the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority and several media representatives.

Fayez shared his confidence in the positive impact on tourism to the Kingdom in the upcoming period. 

He noted that before the pandemic, low-cost flights coming in and out of the country gave new momentum to the Jordanian tourism sector, which enabled the country to achieve a significant leap. This influenced the Kingdom to win its bet on the sector and seize its share of a highly competitive market in the region.

Managing director of the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, affirmed the importance of launching this agreement with the Hungarian Airline, Wizz Air.

Arabiyat explained the importance of this agreement during the conference, noting that 167,000 tourists are expected to come to Jordan in the first year of operation.

Regarding the entry into force of the agreement, Arabiyat said that the first plane is set to land in Jordan on December 15.

Arabiyat indicated that the eight destinations Wiz Air would be flying to Amman from, through Queen Alia International Airport, are Budapest, Rome, Milan, and Vienna. These routes will operate year-round.

Additionally, four seasonal routes are planned to Aqaba, landing at King Hussein International Airport. These flights would arrive from Budapest, Bucharest, Vienna, and Rome.

Regarding the booking method of seats onboard Wizz Air’s flights, Arabiyat added that most bookings would be made through the company’s website (wizzair.com).

The director said the ministry and JTB’s primary goal is to work on the government’s priority program for 2021–2023 that aims to attract tourists through supporting low-cost airlines in addition to charter flights.

Furthermore, Arabiyat explained that the sector had previously declined due to the restrictions imposed on air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the loss of millions of dollars due to the lack of tourists coming into the country, noting that the Kingdom is going through a new stage to revive the tourism sector.

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