5 May 2014

Ghana: Royal Jordanian Latest to Quit Ghana

Accra — ROYAL Jordanian Airlines has quit its operations in Ghana under unclear circumstances.

Royal Jordanian's exit brings the number of international carriers that have moved out of Ghana in less than a year to three.

Other airlines to quit the route are Virgin Airlines and Air Namibia.

Royal Jordanian, which currently flies to about 60 nations, operates a fleet of Airbus.

The service to Accra was on board an Airbus A320-200 with 24 seats in business class and 260 seats in Economy.

At the launch of operations last year, the airline had maintained that the opening new destinations in Africa came in line with its strategy to find new tourism and travel markets in different countries around the world in order to boost inbound tourism to the kingdom and to generate more revenues for the airline, given the decline in tourism movement from the traditional markets of Europe and North America, resulting from the instability in the Middle East since three years.

Connecting Amman with these two West African cities was expected to attract large numbers of passengers, particularly Muslim pilgrims who wish to continue their flights to Saudi Arabia to conduct Hajj and Umrah, and those who like to visit the shrines and tombs of Prophet Mohammad's companions before they proceed on their religious journey.

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

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