Royal Jordanian has confirmed that it operated 149 additional flights during September, as well as its normal scheduled flight operations.
The extra and charter flights catered for demand across all sectors in September, due to the Hajj season and Eid al-Adha, plus a remarkable growth in tourism traffic. Aircraft utilisation increased to 13 hours per day, compared to the airline’s annual average of 11.7 hours per day.
In September, Royal Jordanian operated 34 extra Hajj flights to Madinah and Jeddah, to carry Jordanian pilgrims to the Sacred City of Mecca and non-Jordanian Muslim pilgrims from various Royal Jordanian stations, particularly from Europe and North America, transiting via Amman and then onwards to Saudi Arabia, be it on scheduled or on additional flights.
As a result of the noticeable tourism traffic during Eid al-Adha, Royal Jordanian operated 63 charter flights to attraction sites in the region, particularly Antalya and Bodrum in Turkey, Rhodes Island in Greece and Hurghada in Egypt.
Royal Jordanian also operated 52 additional flights to several destinations in Europe, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, accommodating Jordanian expatriates returning to the countries where they reside following their holidays.