US embassy, United Airlines salute new flight

(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Representatives of the U.S. Embassy, United Airlines and Jordan’s transport and tourism sectors celebrated the launch of non-stop flights between Amman and the Washington DC launched last weekend, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, said.اضافة اعلان

U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Mike Hankey told the gathering that the 12-hour direct flights will increase bilateral tourism, economic activity, and business connections, according to Petra.

U.S. companies already invest more than $156 million annually in Jordan, Petra said. Total bilateral trade is estimated at $4 billion each year, which is expected to increase with the direct route, Hankey said, according to Petra.

“The United States and Jordan enjoy a longstanding partnership, and this route connecting our capitals is an important symbol of our relationship,” Hankey said. He said the new route will ‘’strengthen our deep ties and contribute to shared economic opportunity’’.

As for tourism, the new flights make it easier for more Americans to visit the Nabatean heritage site of Petra, a city carved in rose-red stone and one of the world’s Seven Wonders, the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and other tourist destinations.

The new route builds on the free trade agreement (FTA) between Jordan and the US, one of 20 agreements in the world enabling duty-free access to the US market. “The FTA is an enduring symbol of the close and continuing friendship between our countries,” Hankey said.

Hankey maintained that the connection between the two capitals will consolidate Jordan’s position as a regional gateway, considering its geographic location at a crossroads in the Middle East.

For his part, Emad al-Hijazeen, secretary-general of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, said the new route contributes to strengthening tourism, economic and social relations between the two countries, and brings the people of both countries closer culturally.

Hijazeen noted that there are 6 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including Petra, the Baptismal site, Qasr Umrah, Umm al-Rasas, Wadi Rum and, finally, Salt; “the city of tolerance and urban hospitality”.

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