The Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Jordan Tourism Board have announced that easyJet will begin flying to the Kingdom from this November.

Today, the airline delivered the news that it will be launching two new routes to Aqaba from London and Berlin, detailing that the new route from Gatwick will commence on Saturdays with a frequency of one flight per week through to March 23.

Tickets are now on sale on the easyJet website with prices from £41.98 one way and are expected to bring in several thousand new tourists a year.

The historic port city on the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba offers beaches, premier snorkeling and scuba diving, and access to Jordan’s south, where highlights include the ancient city of Petra and the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. Aqaba has been transformed in recent years with billion-dollar development in two new resorts – Ayla and Saraya Aqaba – that welcome holidaymakers with new four- and five-star hotels, activities, a marina, restaurants and beach clubs.

With average temperatures reaching above 20 degrees during the winter months, and additional developments including Jordan’s first 18-hole Championship Golf course, a professional-quality wake-boarding park, and the region’s first water park, the destination is fast positioning itself a leading winter sun destination.

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Lina Annab, said: “This new partnership with easyJet is very exciting. We’re very happy to see easyJet operating in the Kingdom and we see this as a long-term collaboration between Jordan and one of the world’s most renowned low cost carriers. This collaboration will contribute towards increasing the number of tourists to Jordan’s Golden Triangle (Aqaba, Petra and Wadi Rum) and we’re working together to increase the number of routes into Aqaba with easyJet over the next few years. This is yet another step towards making Jordan as accessible as possible for tourists from around the globe which is a key component in the Kingdom’s plan for continued growth and development. We’ve been fortunate to see tourism numbers experience great growth over the past couple of years and we have our sights set on continuing that growth through partnerships with airlines and the public and private sectors.”

Visitor numbers to Jordan from the UK have grown in recent years following the launch of the Jordan Trail, a nation-long walking trail showcasing the diverse range of experiences the country has to offer, and a resurgence of consumer confidence in the destination. UK visitor numbers increased by 6% in 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.

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