Royal Jordanian is starting regular flights to a new destination in Saudi Arabia
The airline announced plans to start operating regular flights between Amman and Tabuk by July 15. (AFP/File)
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Royal Jordanian (RJ) on Sunday said it will start operating regular flights between Amman and Tabuk in northern Saudi Arabia on July 15.
The two weekly flights may increase in light of the demand for a larger capacity on this route, the airline said in a statement.
The new addition raises the number of RJ destinations in Saudi Arabia to five: Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Medina, besides Tabuk.
The new route increases the frequency of flights between Jordan and Saudi Arabia to around 60 per week: 12 to Riyadh, 28 to Jeddah, 10 to Dammam and seven to Medina, in addition to the two weekly flights to Tabuk, RJ said.
RJ will operate its one-hour flight to Tabuk on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The aircraft will take off from Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, at 6:30pm and arrive in Tabuk at 7:30pm, from where it will depart at 8:15pm and land in Amman at 9:15pm.
RJ President/CEO Captain Haitham Misto said launching the new route in Saudi Arabia, which is a significant market for RJ, is part of the airline’s new strategy, which focuses on boosting services and operations in the Middle East and Arab Gulf region at this stage; this includes flying to new destinations and/or increasing frequency to current destinations, according to the statement.
Operations to Tabuk are in response to the growing air transportation between the two countries, which serves Jordanians, Arabs and international citizens working in Tabuk, according to Misto.
Saudis living in the north of Saudi Arabia will also be able to visit Amman and travel beyond on the RJ route network or those of oneworld carriers.
Misto also noted that air access to Amman will spare passengers the trouble of travelling overland, especially during the Hajj and umra seasons (the greater and lesser Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca), when crossing the border may take a longer time due to the busy traffic.
Travelers from Saudi Arabia constitute the largest number of tourists to Jordan, with an estimated 1 million people entering the Kingdom by land, according to official figures.
Official figures estimate the number of Jordanian expatriates at around 750,000, the majority of whom live in the Gulf states. Over 300,000 Jordanian professionals are based in Saudi Arabia.
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