By Staff writer
New Jordan hub begins operations with inaugural flights taking off for Kuwait City; flights to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt to follow
A new era of low-cost aviation in the Levant began on Monday as the first Air Arabia Jordan flight departed its base at Queen Alia International Airportin Amman.
The airline’s inaugural flight to Kuwait City was marked by a ceremony attended by senior executives from the airline and the Jordanian aviation industry.
Inaugural flight 9P 301 departed Amman QA International Airport at midday local time and was received upon arrival by officials at Kuwait International Airport.
Air Arabia Jordan will also launch its services to Jeddah, Erbil and Sharm El Sheikh on May 19, 20 and 21 respectively.
In addition to increasing international connectivity for people living in Jordan, Air Arabia Jordan said it aims to support the on-going development of the local economy by bringing more tourists and business people into the kingdom.
“The kingdom’s newest carrier provides Jordan-based passengers with cost-effective options to travel across the region while offering excellent value-for-money opportunities for regional travellers to visit Jordan,” said Riad Khashman, chairman of Air Arabia Jordan.
“We thank the local authorities for their continuous support and presence today; we are confident that being a national Jordanian carrier based in Amman, Air Arabia Jordan will play an important role in supporting the on-going economic growth and tourism development of Jordan.”
Adel A Ali, group CEO of Air Arabia, added: “Jordan is a country full of potential with its steady economy and historical attractions. Today marks the start of a new era of value air travel for people in Jordan and across the Levant. We are confident that Air Arabia Jordan will complement and positively contribute to the overall all aviation growth from and into the kingdom.”
The newly established carrier is managed by Air Arabia Group and will operate a fleet of new Airbus A320 aircraft.
Earlier this year, Air Arabia announced the establishment of its fifth international hub in Jordan following the acquisition of a 49 percent stake in Petra Airlines with its principle shareholder RUM Group maintaining a 51 percent stake.
Air Arabia, listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is the largest low cost carrier operator in the MENA region.