Royal Jordanian cuts more flights as unrest hits bottom line

Flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Lagos on the block shortly after airline closes Libyan services
Royal Jordanian cuts more flights as unrest hits bottom line
By Ed Attwood
Sun 27 Jul 2014 02:48 PM

Royal Jordanian has announced it will halt services to Delhi, Mumbai and Lagos in September and October as the airline carries out a restructuring plan to combat high fuel prices and regional instability.

The flag-carrier’s chairman, president and chief executive, Nasser Lozi, said the decision had been taken due to “the aggressive growth of regional competition and increased operating costs”.

Royal Jordanian had already announced earlier this year that it would stop flights to Alexandria, Colombo, Milan and Accra, with the number of destinations the carrier now serves dropping to 51.

But Lozi also said that the airline is looking to add new routes, indicating in a statement that “there are a number of regional markets that RJ is watching closely”.

The statement also said that the carrier is expecting its first Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ to be delivered in August, and that it would receive five of the next-generation aircraft by the end of the year.

In all, Royal Jordanian has had to cancel seven services in the Middle East and North Africa due to security concerns, including Damascus and Aleppo in Syria, together with Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi in Libya, as well as Mosul and Tel Aviv. It has also had to reroute flights between Amman and Beirut due to the closure of Syrian airspace.

The statement said that the airline had suffered “big losses in 2012 and 2013” and that it had also seen “losses in the past period of 2014 because of the uncontrolled suspension of these destinations”.

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