Royal Jordanian inaugurates its direct flights to Madinah, Saudi Arabia, with four weekly flights on March 28, 2010.

royal-jordanianA320RJ President/CEO Hussein Dabbas said that opening this route is an advantage to RJ passengers who wish to visit Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah.

He pointed out that pilgrims normally wish to pass by Madinah and visit Prophet Mohammed and religious places before heading to Mecca to perform Hajj and Umrah rites.

He added that the route will be easier for pilgrims instead of reaching Madinah via Jeddah airport or by land.

He stressed that the feasibility study the airline carried out shows that the service is bound to succeed in serving Jordanian passengers and transit passengers from all around the world who wish to visit Saudi Arabia via Amman.

As a result of the strong demand on seat bookings even before running the route, the airline decided to increase the frequencies to Madinah from two weekly, as previously announced, to four flights a week.

Sundays and Wednesdays the flight departs from Amman at 20:30 pm and arrives in Madinah at 22:15 pm. It flies from Madinah at 23:00 pm and arrives in Amman at 12:45 am next day.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, the flight leaves Amman at 1:00 am (after midnight) and arrives in Madinah at 2:45 am. The flight from Madinah departs at 6:30 am, arriving in Amman at 8:15 am.

Dabbas said that with the Madinah rout, RJ now operates 57 direct destinations around the world, in addition to other 750 points served by RJ partners in the oneworld airline alliance.

He mentioned that the airline will also resume its operations to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, at the beginning of June this year. Studies are being conducted to open new routes such as Johannesburg, Tehran, Izmir , Luxor and Aswan.