Royal Jordanian has been forced to ground planes because of the lack of jet bridges at Queen Alia International Airport, a senior executive of the airline told Aviation Business.
Basma Al Majali, head network management & alliance, Royal Jordanian, said that the airline is eagerly waiting for the second phase of the airport to be completed in 2016.
“There are not enough jetways, and we still have a good number of our aircraft standing, which, for the customers, is not a good solution, because until the expansion happens we won’t have more jetways,” said Al Majali, at the International Air Transport Association’s AGM taking place in Qatar this year.
The first phase of the $100m airport project was completed in March last year.
However, Al Majali revealed that Royal Jordanian’s traffic had still gone up in the past year, but not in the Levant and GCC regions where the airline considers as its target market.
“We lost a lot of traffic when we halted operations to Syria in 2012, but traffic went up because we substituted those flights on other routes,” said Al Majali. “We have seen an increase in traffic on the Bangkok and Indian route, originating in Europe, so non-Levant traffic.
“But we see this growth as temporary, as it is low yield and not part of our strategy.”
Al Majali confirmed that a hunt was underway for a new CEO to replace Amer Hadidi, who resigned on April 30 having been in the role for less than a year, but said that she expected the process to take “at least another few months”.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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