You’ll soon be able to see Petra from the air

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AMMAN — Visitors to Petra will soon be able to experience the rose-red city and the surrounding region from the air, Petra Tourism Development Regional Authority (PTDRA) Chief Commissioner Suleiman Al-Farajat told Jordan News on Monday.اضافة اعلان

The Golden Eagle Aviation Academy will begin offering “flying taxi” helicopter flights over the Petra region on a trial basis, after the academy inked an agreement with the PTDRA on Sunday.

Farajat promised visitors a unique experience that will allow visitors to explore Petra from a new perspective “aboard Golden Eagle’s helicopters” starting Wednesday.

As the law forbids flights directly over the archeological reserve, the helicopters will have to adhere to strict flight paths that follow the site’s borders. However the commissioner stressed that tourists will still have a unique view of the site. The PTDRA will monitor the initial flights to ensure they do not affect the archeological site.

For his part, Golden Eagle CEO Mohammad Al-Omar said in remarks to Jordan News that helicopters are an entertaining and flexible way of sightseeing. Compared to standard aviation methods, helicopters require significantly less space to take off and land.

The academy has always sought ways to promote tourism, both to foreigners and locals, and provide leisure services, Omari said.

Golden Eagle already operates flights from Amman to various locations across the Kingdom, including Petra and Aqaba, according to its website, and customers can request other flights to other destinations. It also offers sightseeing and recreational flights.

The academy will offer around 20 sightseeing flights over areas of the rose-red city that are difficult to reach on foot or horseback, like the Tomb of Aaron, according to the CEO. These flights will typically take 15–20 minutes and cost JD70.

Golden Eagle started offering sightseeing services in 2018, but had to temporarily suspend those activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Omari stressed the safety of Golden Eagle’s helicopters, noting that the majority of the academy’s pilots and staff are former military personnel with long years of experience. The academy’s helicopters are registered with the Royal Jordanian Air Force, and “experts review the route and takeoff and landing sites” before every flight.

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