By : Nedal Zubeidi
Jordan Daily – Royal Jordanian (RJ) plans to double its fleet by 2028 as part of a new strategy to boost tourism and make Amman a regional hub, its Chief Commercial Officer said on Thursday.
Karim Makhlouf told Jordan Daily on the sidelines of a congress of France’s leading network of independent travel agencies, held in Amman, that RJ has opened seven new destinations in the last ten months and is continuing to grow.
“We are planning to grow our fleet from 23 aircraft in 2019 to 43 aircrafts by 2028. This growth is based on two main strategic pillars: tourism into Jordan will be the key to RJ and the tourism sector will bring in more tourists to the country; and we want Amman to be the leading hub in the Levant,” he said.
The congress, organised by Al Thuraya Travel & Tours and (Selectour), a leading travel network with a market share of over 50% in France, is a unique opportunity for Jordan and RJ to showcase the country, Makhlouf added.
“Today they have 550 participants here in Amman and every participant is getting an idea about Jordan and that’s unique for us, for Jordan and for RJ to grow the business and that’s why we are fully supporting this event,” he said.
Osama Al-Rawashdeh, International Sales Director, said RJ has seen a significant increase in the number of tourists coming to Jordan in 2023, thanks to its strategy of attracting visitors to the kingdom.
“We exceeded the number of tourists coming to Jordan in 2019 and we are on the right track, but the political unrest affected some of our plans,” he said.
He said RJ, the national carrier of Jordan, supported not only tourism but also Jordanians abroad and all segments of society.
“We are the airline that connects Jordan with the world mainly and this is our duty. We have a plan for the next five years and we are working to develop it. We have new aircraft that will enter service soon and all this will support RJ’s upcoming strategy,” he noted.