Air Arabia to launch new Jordan hub services on May 18

Low-cost carrier announces date for start of operations following purchase of 49% stake in Petra Airlines in January
Air Arabia to launch new Jordan hub services on May 18
By Staff writer
Wed 29 Apr 2015 01:53 PM

Air Arabia Jordan, part-owned by Dubai-listed Air Arabia, will launch operations from its Amman base on May 18, the company said on Wednesday.

Air Arabia, which bought a 49 percent stake in Petra Airlines in January, has rebranded the airline as Air Arabia Jordan and assumed management control.

The carrier's maiden flight will be to Kuwait City on May 18, with regular services to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Erbil in Iraq and Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt also starting that week.

Further routes will follow this year as the airline serves Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, a company statement said.

Adel A Ali, Group CEO of Air Arabia said: "We are eager to begin operations of Jordan's latest airline and move a step closer to connecting Jordan and the entire region with affordable air travel.

"As a major tourism market with a stable domestic economy, Jordan offers a superb opportunity to serve both in-bound and out-bound passenger demand. In turn, the launch of Air Arabia Jordan will provide a direct boost to the Jordanian economy through the creation of skilled jobs and the opening up of new opportunities for local businesses."

He added: "We are confident of the business growth prospects in the kingdom and the wider region as well as the increasing demand for affordable air travel."

Air Arabia's other hubs are its home base in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, Alexandria and Casablanca.

* With Reuters

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