Jordan set to reopen Queen Alia airport on 8 September

Jordan has endured one of the longest air travel suspensions in the Middle East region
Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan, Royal Jordanian

Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport is set to reopen to commercial flights from 8 September after the government decided to lift a near six-month long suspension on scheduled services.

Jordan has undergone one of the strictest and longest lockdowns in the Middle East region, causing significant damage to its economy, which depends heavily on tourism.

The Kingdom’s Information Minister Amjad al-Adayla said at a press conference that there would be rules for incoming passengers, with all travellers tested for Covid-19 on arrival.

National carrier Royal Jordanian has been hit badly by the coronavirus travel restrictions and was forced to ditch its turnaround plan in a bid to survive the crisis.

Revenues generated by airlines in the Jordanian market will fall by at least $700 million (52%) compared to 2019, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Royal Jordanian incurred a JD25.5 million ($36 million) net loss in Q1 this year due to a 19% drop in passenger numbers and 22% decline in turnover.

Royal Jordanian will begin to reboot its network at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth, CEO Stefan Pichler told Aviation Business in July. The airline aims to resume around 10 routes before the end of 2020, Pichler said.

“Our plan now is basically that by 2023 we will have a demand and capacity offering which is more than 2019,” he said. “The recovery will last through 2021 and 2022.”

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