RJA to merge flights amid tourist cancellations
The national carrier Royal Jordanian will "merge" flights in and out of the kingdom for a limited period amid cancellations by tourists due to regional violence, official news agency Petra reported.
"Because of the bloody incidents in the occupied Palestinian territories which have noticeably led to ... cancellations by tourists and travelers to the region and to Jordan, Royal Jordanian has decided to merge some incoming and outgoing flights for commercial reasons for a limited period of time," a company official was quoted as saying by Petra.
Royal Jordanian will issue a list of flights to be merged and inform the public of its new schedule, the company official said without giving further details.
Tourism officials in Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt have complained of a drop in tourists visiting the region since the start of the anti-Israeli Palestinian uprising in September.
Many cancellations came from US travelers after Washington issued a travel warning for all its citizens visiting the region. Palestinian officials have scrapped all Christmas festivities at Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank. — (AFP, Amman)
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