Royal Jordanian set to suspend loss-making flights

Carrier says it will halt operations to Alexandria in April plus Colombo and Milan in May
Royal Jordanian set to suspend loss-making flights
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 26 Feb 2014 02:24 PM

Royal Jordanian said on Wednesday it plans to suspend flights to a number of cities this year after passenger numbers declined.

According to Royal Jordanian’s operating plan this year, the airline decided to halt operations to Alexandria in April and Colombo and Milan in May.

In a press statement, the airline said that the move comes as part of its regular reviews of its route network.

"At the forefront of the set criteria that determine route profitability are the traffic, the operating expenses and the required fleet operated on these routes," the statement said.

It added that it is studying the possibility of entering new markets ahead of the arrival of new Boeing 787s which are slated to join the fleet from June.

"The introduction of the Dreamliners is bound to offer RJ the chance to open promising markets, in regards with the advanced and outstanding technical specifications of those airliners and the superb level of services that will be available to passengers," the airline said.

This year Royal Jordanian will receive five Boeing 787s out of a total order of 11, with the rest joining the fleet over the next three years.

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