Struggling Jordanian flag carrier CEO resigns

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An Airbus A340-600 Royal Jordanian airplane. Photo - inuksuk via Deviantart.com

Reports coming from Amman said Hussein Dabbas, president and CEO of state-owned Royal Jordanian (RJ) airline, has resigned from his post.

“Hussein Dabbas submitted his resignation to the RJ’s board of directors,” Petra, the official Jordanian news agency reported.

“Dabbas told Petra that his resignation came out of his conviction that [the] time has come to implement ‘new ideas’ to develop the RJ,” the state-run agency added.

According to Bloomberg news agency, Dabbas quit his three-year-old job to take another unspecified role elsewhere. His resignation will come into effect on 1 June.

The departure comes amid signs of a modest recovery by Royal Jordanian, which reported a 26% increase in its passenger traffic earlier this month. The Jordanian flag carrier said it had transported more than 774,000 passengers in Q1 of 2012, compared to 615,000 passengers carried during the same period last year.

The Royal Jordanian CEO hailed the positive performance and said it came at a time of the year when demand for travel is at its weakest.

RJ, a member of the Oneworld alliance, admitted earlier this month that it would be forced to seek a merger with a larger carrier in order to survive fierce competition from local rivals, high fuel prices and an economic downturn.

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