Royal Jordanian is to start a direct regular service between Amman and Najaf, on 9th July. This will increase the number of Iraqi destinations on the RJ network to six, including Mosul,which has been suspended since June 2014.
RJ President and CEO, Captain Haitham Misto (pictured), said that the service between Najaf and Amman will also serve Iraqi passengers transiting though Queen Alia International Airport on their way to destinations beyond Amman, particularly serving Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.
RJ will operate two weekly flights to Najaf, on Mondays and Thursdays, raising the number of flights between Jordan and Iraq to 31 weekly, including 12 weekly flights to Baghdad, nine to Erbil and four weekly flights to each of Basra and Sulaymaniyah, in addition to the two halted flights to Mosul.
On Mondays the flight takes off from its base at Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, at 11 am and reaches Najaf at 12.35 noon. The return flight departs from there at 13.20 and lands in Amman at 15.05. On Thursdays RJ operates its flights from Ammanat 2.10am and reaches Najaf at 3.45am, whereas it takes off from Najaf at 5.25am and arrives in Amman at 7.15am.
(Sources: Al Bawaba, Trade Arabia)