Ryanair: Jordan flights to start out in March

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Europe’s greatest low-cost airline is including a brand new vacation spot within the Center East.

Beginning subsequent month, Ryanair (RYAAY) will start flying to Jordan from Cyprus. It is the airline’s second vacation spot within the area after it launched flights to Israel final yr.

By October, Ryanair will function 10 routes to Amman, Jordan’s capital. Within the winter months, it would add 4 routes to Aqaba, the gateway to most of the nation’s high vacationer locations such because the Crimson Sea and the traditional metropolis of Petra.

The airline mentioned it expects to hold about 500,000 folks to Jordan yearly from cities resembling Athens, Brussels, Cologne, Milan, Rome and Warsaw.

Jordan’s economic system depends closely on tourism. The trade contributed virtually 20% to GDP in 2016, in keeping with the World Journey & Tourism Council, and that’s forecast to rise to virtually 23% by 2027.

Jordan's Petra
Vacationers at Jordan’s Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Website.

Struggle and instability in neighboring international locations such Syria and Iraq have damage Jordan previously. It has taken in additional than 600,000 refugees from Syria. And in 2015 tourism slumped due to fears of ISIS assaults.

No different European low-cost at present provider flies to Jordan. Ryanair’s British rival, EasyJet (ESYJY) stopped flying to Amman in 2014 after three years.

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The Jordanian authorities hopes the brand new Ryanair flights will enhance development by spurring extra tourism and attracting funding.

“The choice by Ryanair to fly to Jordan sends a loud and clear message concerning the variety and the untapped potential of Jordan’s tourism,” Jordan’s tourism minister, Lina Annab, mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.

Ryanair mentioned it will likely be promoting seats to Amman in April and Could for as little as €20 euros ($25). It expects its new routes will assist practically 350 jobs in Jordan.

CNNMoney (Dubai) First printed February four, 2018: 7:09 AM ET