Royal Jordanian announced on Monday it will reverse its decision to suspend operations to Munich as part of cost cutting measures. The route closure was set to take place on 19 April, and was part of the five destinations identified by the airline in February as loss making.
The dropped routes included Brussels, Al-Ain and two other unnamed destinations in the Gulf area along with Munich as part of plans to reduce the operating costs which have soared due to rising fuel prices.
Hussein Dabbas, President of Royal Jordanian Airlines, said that the decision to keep Munich on the route network was due to restudying the pattern of its operation to Frankfurt and Munich as well as taking into consideration the assistance provided by Munich Airport.
He explained that the operation would consist of two Munich frequencies, including running one weekly direct flight from Amman to Munich on Saturdays while another combined service from Amman to Frankfurt on Wednesdays.
RJ operates another five weekly direct flights to Frankfurt.
Dabbas stressed there was always a chance to resume operations to any of the cities earmarked for suspension “when conditions improve and demand on travel grows in the future”.
Royal Jordanian’s fuel bill registered a 44% increase, hitting JD293m ($493.14 million) in 2011 from JD203m ($286.24m) in 2010, leading to about 20% increase in the overall operational cost of the company.
The Jordanian national flag carrier’s operational loss from the European continent amounted to 124,000 passengers. The drop in passenger numbers forced the airline to cancel around 1,300 flights in 2011 and over 550 flights in the first three months of this year.
Source: The National