King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba on Wednesday (March 13th) received the first flight from Cairo, operated by the Egyptian Petroleum Air Services (PAS), Egypt’s Ahram Online reported.
The route aims to connect tourists to Egypt with Jordan’s "golden triangle of tourism" (Aqaba, Petra and Wadi Rum), according to a statement carried by the Jordanian news agency, Petra.
Aqaba governor Saleh Nusseirat stressed that opening this air route will improve tourism and contribute to boosting Jordanian-Egyptian ties, the statement said.
Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority tourism and economic affairs commissioner Sharhabeel Madi expressed hope that the new route can be sustained and marketed to attract tourists from Egypt’s northern governorates.
This would establish a real partnership between Jordan and Egypt in the tourism sector, he said, noting that Jordan has around 26,000 tourist sites.
PAS representative in Jordan Hani Abul Saud said the firm will operate two weekly trips between Aqaba and Cairo.