Royal Jordanian pulls out of Ghana

Royal Jordanian Airlines has halted its operations into the country.

The Jordanian Airline started scheduled flight from Amman -Lagos -Accra- Lagos twice a week in July last year.

It is however unclear what might have influenced their decision to pull out in April 2014. At the launch of their operations in the country last year, country manager Royal Jordanian said although it had operations to parts of Africa such as Egypt, Tunisia, and Algiers, there was none in West or South Africa.

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

The airline had maintained that the opening new destinations in Africa comes in line with the RJ 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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