By Shane McGinley
Jordan’s national airline will restart flights to the German capital after a gap of ten years
State-backed airline Royal Jordanian (RJ) is to recommence flights to the German city of Berlin from June 2011, the carrier announced on Tuesday.
The Amman-based airline’s flights to the German capital come ten years after direct services between the two cities were discontinued.
“There is growth in demand for travel between the Jordanian and German capitals, mainly due to the increased movement of tourists from Germany to the kingdom,” said RJ president and CEO Hussein Dabbas.
“At the same time, progress is seen in the exports industry and commercial activities, which increases demand for travel by businessmen and citizens of the two countries,” he added.
Operating on a Airbus A320 aircraft, RJ will operate two flights per week to Berlin from June 2011, in addition to the three weekly flights to Munich and daily flights to Frankfurt. Berlin will be the 59th destination for the Jordanian flag carrier.
The addition of Air Berlin joins to the oneworld airline alliance in early 2012 will also mean that RJ passengers will be able to continue their flights beyond Berlin around the European mainland, Dabbas added.
In October, RJ reported that profits for the first nine months of 2010 fell by nearly 25 percent on the back of rising fuel and operational costs.
The national airline reported revenue of JD516m ($727.27m) for the nine months to 30 September, 2010, up 14.6 percent from JD450m ($634.25m) in the same period last year.
Net profits in the same period fell 23.5 percent to JD19.5m ($27.48m), according to figures quoted by Jordan state news agency Petra, hit by rising fuel and operational costs.
According to the airline, its fuel bill rose by 37 percent to JD151m ($212.97m) over the nine-month period. Operating costs rose by 19.5 percent in the same period, the carrier said.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.