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National airlines excluded from JTB membership ‘in violation of law’

A general photo of a Fly Jordan airplane. (Photo: Fly Jordan Facebook)
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AMMAN — Chief executive officers of Jordan Aviation and Fly Jordan airlines objected to not being accepted as members of Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), stressing that this is in violation of the regulations governing the formation of the JTB board, which stipulate that it must be composed of working members and supporting members, among them Royal Jordanian, the national carrier, and other national airlines operating in the field of inbound tourism.اضافة اعلان

Fly Jordan CEO Amjad Maslamani said JTB constantly violates regulations by refusing to accept representatives of other national airlines on its board, and “this is not acceptable because we have to be part of the decisions that are being taken”.

He told Jordan News that it is important to have representatives of all national airlines on the JTB board, as this would enable them to participate in the decision-making process and to develop plans that help them continue their work, but also “to raise our voices against any future decisions taken by the board that may harm our interests”.

Maslamani called on the government to discuss with national airlines their problems, and help them find solutions to their problems and help them continue to perform their work, particularly in light of the difficult economic situation brought about by the pandemic.

He also said that the JTB supported foreign low-cost carriers without taking into account the consequences of this decision on the Jordanian economy or national airlines.

“JTB supported all travelers using these companies with huge sums; if this support had been provided for national airlines, we would have attracted millions of travelers,” said Maslamani.

Jordan Aviation CEO Zuhair Al-Khashman deplored the decision to leave national airlines out of the JTB board, stressing that having representatives of these carriers on the board is a “legitimate right”.

He told Jordan News that national airlines contribute to the national economy by bringing tourists into the Kingdom.

“We were the only airline to bring a Nigerian group to Jordan during the COVID pandemic, in addition to other tourist groups from different other countries,” he said, describing the JTB decision as “surprising” and asking the minister of tourism to reconsider this decision.

“We have to be part of the decision-making process, especially that the tourism sector needs real cooperation to revive. We have to work with our partners to come up with new ideas and develop strategic plans, and therefore, we should not be excluded,” Khashman said.

“We are sure that the minister of tourism would reconsider this decision, especially that he surely knows the impact of this decision on our sector,” he said.

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