Release Date: 25 January 2007
Release ID: 1052
Royal Jordanian and the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC), the central development corporation of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZ) that includes King Hussein International Airport, signed an agreement to operate two daily flights between Aqaba and Queen Alia International Airport-Amman as of Feb. 1, 2007. Flights from Amman to Aqaba are scheduled at 7:30 am and 5:00 pm, and flights from Aqaba to Amman are scheduled at 9:00 am and 6:30 pm.
President/CEO Samer Majali signed the agreement with Imad Fakhoury, ADC's chairman and CEO. The agreement stipulates that tourist chartered flights coming into King Hussein International Airport will be given a 50% discount on the ground handling fees. In addition, regular flights will be given a 10–25% discount on the ground handling fees, based on the number of weekly flights.
Majali highlighted the importance of connecting Aqaba and Amman by daily flights: "This step is a translation of our commitment to serve Jordan, and its citizens, tourists and visitors to Aqaba. This agreement is in line with RJ's new vision of becoming the 'airline of choice’ that connects Jordan and the Levant with the rest of the world."
The agreement also stipulates that the airline will upgrade its systems and ground and aircraft handling techniques to ensure the highest levels of service is offered both aircraft and passengers at the King Hussein International Airport.
RJ has enhanced its IT systems to reach the level adopted by the members of the oneworld airline alliance which RJ will be joining by the end of March 2007.
Imad Fakhoury said: "This is another step on the path of a long and fruitful relationship with Royal Jordanian. With investments booming and tourists increasing in Aqaba, ADC and RJ found it necessary to operate daily flights, in the morning and in the evening, between Aqaba and Amman. The timing of the flights was studied carefully to best serve visitors, investors and tourists."
The Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) was launched at the beginning of 2004 by ASEZA (Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority) and the government of Jordan, as a new private sector corporation to be the central development body for ASEZ.
ADC invests in all major sectors, including infrastructure, transport and logistics, trade and industry, property and real estate, tourism and education in a manner that is consistent with ADC's mandate and the vision of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZ).
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