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Royal Jordanian set to launch two African routes

Carrier to start services to Nigeria, Ghana as it looks to expand in less established markets

Royal Jordanian set to launch two African routes

Royal Jordanian has announced that it will add two new destinations to its route network - Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, and Accra, the capital of Ghana, starting July 3.

The airline's president and CEO, Amer Hadidi, said that the company is following an expansion strategy to find new tourism and travel markets to boost tourism to the kingdom and to generate more revenues for the airline.

He said the move was driven by the decline in tourism movement from the traditional markets of Europe and North America.

Hadidi added that he believed connecting Amman with these two African cities would attract large numbers of passengers, particularly Muslim pilgrims who wish to continue their flights to Saudi Arabia to conduct Hajj and Umrah.

The service will also transport Christian pilgrims who come to Jordan to visit the Baptism site and other Christian holy sites in Jordan and the Middle East.

The carrier will operate the route twice weekly with its wide-bodied, 280-seat Airbus A330s, on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Nigeria and Ghana have a high population of Muslims and Christians - an estimated 155 million people in Nigeria and 25 million in Ghana.

Lagos is the main industrial and commercial pillar of Nigeria, having huge economic and natural resources, such as natural gas, oil, coal, wood and water.

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