Royal Jordanian has announced it will stop services to Delhi and Mumbai in India and Lagos, Nigeria in light of the airline’s restructuring plan, including its route network. RJ will stop operating to Mumbai on September 10, to Lagos on October 10, and to Delhi on October 31, this year. With the closure of the three destinations, the RJ routes will count 51.
RJ chairman of the Board/president & CEO Nasser Lozi said that the decision is part of a synchronised plan to turn around the airline covering operations and financial structure. The move comes at a time whilst RJ is facing difficulties due to the instability in the region and high fuel prices.
Lozi attributed halting these flights to the reduced demand on travel from/to these cities due to the aggressive growth of regional competition and increased operating costs.
Lozi also said that the airline had to suspend operations to seven stations in the Middle East and North Africa due to security reasons in the region; they are: Damascus and Aleppo since more than two years, in addition to Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata, Mosul and Tel Aviv.
He stressed that Royal Jordanian suffered significant losses in 2012 and 2013, as a result of suspending service to Damascus and Aleppo and also changing the route of its operations between Amman and Beirut. The airline also witnessed losses in the past period of 2014 because of the uncontrolled suspension of these destinations.