Air Arabia Delays Amman Launch

CITING THE social and political unrest in the region and high fuel prices, low-cost carrier (LCC) Air Arabia decided to delay the launch of a base in Amman, Jordan.  “Although Jordan is stable, countries like Syria, Egypt and Tunisia are still facing political instability,” said CEO Adel Ali.  “There is a lot going on in the region and with the current fuel prices, we thought this was not the right time.”
The Sharjah-based LCC signed a joint venture agreement with the Tantash Group, a Jordan-based diversified investment company active in the travel sector, last June to launch the base.  Although it did not specify a start date or scale of the planned operations, the partners did stress that “Air Arabia Jordan, the first LCC based in the Hashemite Kingdom, will provide direct service to a range of destinations across the Europe, Middle East and North Africa region from Queen Alia International Airport.”