Aqaba to get low-cost air carriers and a boost to its tourism sector

Published on : Wednesday, February 15, 2017

jordan-city-aqabaCurrently, the Jordan Tourism Board is negotiating deals to usher in low-cost airline carriers to Aqaba all the way from the United Kingdom, according to the statement of a JTB official on Tuesday.


These ‘final stage’ negotiations would be instrumental in luring in an increased number of travellers from these European locales adding to the current weekly flights from Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Brussel, as declared by Al Razzaq Arabiyat who is the managing director of JTB.


All these four destinations that are served by Royal Wings, have been capable of bringing in about 400 tourists every week to the region through Aqaba.


Aqaba is located at a distance of nearly 330 kms from the southern part of Amman with an average stay of seven nights. The tourists end up spending a minimum of $100 every day.


Additional direct reasonably-priced air carriers would be arriving from Russia.


The competitive price of the airlines plays a crucial role in attracting tourists as the tickets are priced around 200 to 300 euros that is equal to about $211 to $317. The managing director also said that the JTB supports the marketing of the tourist destinations of Jordan alongside the tour operators.


During the initial 10 months of 2016, the city of Aqaba had hosted nearly 532,000 tourists and a majority of them had arrived on direct charter flights, according to Nasser Shraideh, the chief commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority.


In January, Aqaba was linked by direct flights to Brussels and Beirut.


He added that the plan for the year 2017 is to kick start direct flights between London, Sharjah, Erbil, Kuwait, Jeddah, Dusseldorf and Cairo, in collaboration with the JTB.


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