This little-known airline has just launched new flight routes from the UK

You can now fly to a stunning ancient capital from London or Manchester

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton
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Royal Jordanian Airlines, Bangkok
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Jetsetters and wanderlusters – here’s something to pique your interest. An airline you might not have heard of is looking to make its mark on UK runways.

Royal Jordanian Airlines has just started new routes to the Jordanian capital of Amman from both Manchester and London Stansted airports. 

Flights to Amman from London Stansted started on March 3, while the Manchester route took off for the first time on March 6. That’s on top of the journeys that the airline was already running from London Heathrow. It also unveiled plans to increase its fleet from 24 to 40 over the next five years. 

Karim Makhlouf, the airline’s chief commercial officer, said: ‘Our new routes to Manchester and London Stansted will make it easier than ever for tourists from UK to discover Jordan’s incredible wonders.

‘Promoting and driving tourism to the Kingdom is a key focus of our new corporate strategy – as is our emphasis on further developing Amman as the primary gateway to the Levant by offering improved connectivity to our broader network.’

From Amman, travellers often go through to places like Wadi Rum or Petra, which is one of the official Wonders of the World and has been a filming location for the likes of Star Wars, John Wick and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. 

And it isn’t just Royal Jordanian that is increasing its number of UK routes. In the summer, us Brits can look forward to new direct routes to the Amalfi Coast, new budget flights to Munich and a load of new routes from Ryanair starting in April. If you’ve already got a trip planned, make sure you’re up to date on stuff like the Heathrow Airport strikes and the changes to Air Passenger Duty

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