Jordan’s Petra Airlines, which was this week granted approval to start operating scheduled passenger services from next March, is looking to tie up with a European low-cost carrier to operate flights from its base in Amman
Set up in 2005, the airline has been offering low-cost charter flights from the Jordanian capital Amman. It currently owns two Airbus A320 aircraft, with a third due to be added in early 2013.
“We have plans to operate five A320s by 2014 and have a schedule flight to most of the major cities in the MENA and GCC region, using Queen Alia International Airport-Amman as a hub,” Riad Khashman, CEO of Petra Airlines said in a statement.
Khashman added the carrier planned to increase its registered capital to US$70m in order to fund its expansion plans and has ambitions to partner with a major European low-cost carrier in a bid to boost its route network.
In a statement, the airline confirmed it was in talks “to contract one of the international aviation consultants to develop a comprehensive business plan and ultimately attracting a potential strategic partner in the LCC (low-cost carrier) sphere, mainly European low-cost carriers, to benefit from having a platform in the region. This would allow Petra Airlines to provide services to Europe, MENA and GCC under Jordan open sky policy.”
The carrier has previously operated charter flights to destinations including Armenia, Egypt, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
In September, it was revealed Airport International Group (AIG), a consortium of investors redeveloping Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport, was in talks with the budget carrier easyJet to expand its network to Amman.
“There are great opportunities for us to develop new routes from Europe to Amman, especially in the low-cost segment,” AIG’s CEO Kjeld Binger told Arabian Business.
EasyJet, Europe’s second-largest low-cost carrier, launched its three-times-a-week Gatwick-Amman service in March 2011. The London Luton Airport-based carrier has 19 bases in Europe and 16 in the UK, including Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.
AIG is spending US$850m on expanding the Amman-based airport and improving existing facilities under a 25-year build-operate-transfer agreement, which will boost capacity from 3m to 9m passengers per year.
The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by February 2013, with the second phase expected to be complete at the end of 2014.
Revealed: Aspen Chalets at Kempinski Mall of the Emirates
Chalets include Hermès amenities and faux fireplaces
Burj al Arab named one of TripAdvisor's 'don't miss' attractions
Dubai also ranked 13th top tourism destination behind London...
McGettigan's to open fourth Dubai outlet on JBR
The new Irish bar will open after the summer and be at Hilton...
UAE goes green for St Patrick’s Day
New locations Yas Island and Global Village join Burj Al...
Things to do on St Patrick’s Day in Dubai
Guide to the best things to do on St Patrick’s Day in Dubai...
The Nap Bar: A place for that 'afternoon snooze' launches in Dubai
The Nap Bar, one of the most relaxing places in Dubai, is...
Luxury travel to remain strong in MidEast region
Travel agents reveal outbound luxury travel from the Middle...