Jordan's tourism is about to gain a significant boost from increased direct flights between Aqaba and Istanbul.
The new route gives millions of Turkish travelers’ direct access to Jordan along with a superb location to three of the country's key tourism attractions.
"Our challenge is to grow and sustain demand to Aqaba in specific, and Jordan in general," explained H.E. Sharhabeel S. Madi, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Commissioner for Economic Development and Investment Affairs, noting that, "The challenges are real and we have to do things differently to overcome them and sieve the growth opportunities."
"The launch of Turkish Airlines Aqaba flights marks a historic moment for Aqaba; the first foreign international network carrier to make scheduled flights to Aqaba airport. Tremendous opportunities for tourism trade for Aqaba will emerge and be utilized through the Turkish Airlines network of 97 countries and 215 cities. Tourists and business men will have the convenience to travel directly to and from Aqaba from all around the world. With support of Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), USAID Jordan Tourism Development Project and representatives of the tourism industry we will help develop tourism and trade in Aqaba," said Sedat Orman, Turkish Airlines General for Aqaba."
The new route is the result of efforts led by the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) and the USAID Jordan Tourism Development Project in cooperation with Turkish Airlines. It will give millions of travelers’ direct access to Jordan through Aqaba, from where they can easily reach three of the country's key tourism attractions.