Royal Jordanian announced (07-Feb-2012) plans to suspend operations to five destinations on its route network in order to reduce the increased operating costs brought on by rising fuel prices and to offset the decline in tourism to the region. The carrier will suspend operations to Brussels, Munich and Al Ain from Mar-2012. Two other suspension the Gulf area will be announced at a later time. The decision was based on the assessment of the performance and economic feasibility of these stations. Royal Jordanian will also reduce the number of frequencies to destinations such as Rome, Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Colombo and Khartoum while also reconsidering its fleet size in accordance with the carrier's reduction in services. [more - original PR]
Royal Jordanian suspends operations to five destinations, looks at fleet reduction
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