By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline to add extra flight to one of its longest established routes from Oct 1
Emirates Airline announced on Tuesday that it will fly double daily to Jordan from October 1.
Amman is one of Emirates’ longest established routes and was launched in 1986, the year after the Dubai-based airline was launched.
Emirates currently flies to Amman with a combination of Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
The current 13 weekly flights to Amman will increase to 14 per week – an extra flight on Friday, the airline said in a statement.
The carrier said its top 10 markets for Jordan are Dubai, Jakarta, Shanghai, Seoul, Guangzhou, Beijing, Manila, Hong Kong, Sydney and Los Angeles.
Tourists flock from far and wide to see attractions such as the magical city of Petra, the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum and the restful Dead Sea.
In 2010, total trade between the UAE and Jordan was reported to be over $700m, according to a 2011 study by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Tourism represents approximately 10 percent of Jordan’s GDP.
Last month, the UAE's Minister of Economy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, met with Jordan's Minister of Finance Sulaiman Al Hafez and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Jafar Hassan, to discuss investment opportunities in Jordan in areas such as water, renewable energy, tourism, health and education.
Emirates employs nearly 40 staff in Amman. Altogether, more than 300 Jordanian nationals are employed by Emirates globally, including nearly 70 cabin crew and four pilots.
Jordan has a population of around 6 million and while Arabic is the main language, English is widely spoken.