European budget carrier Ryanair has announced it will expand into the Middle East with flights to Jordan. Both Amman and Aqaba will be served from a total of 14 different European cities.

This is a major expansion that the airline believes will bring 430,000 passengers to Jordan. Promotional fares are as low as €19.99 from Paphos to Amman for travel in April and May.

Which Cities Are Being Served In Jordan?

Ryanair are going to fly to Amman all year round and to the tourist destination of Aqaba during the winter. The first flights start in March with the previously mentioned Paphos to Amman route which will fly four times per week.

From October, the following places will offer flights to Amman. Bologna, Brussels Zaventem, Bucharest, Budapest, Krakow, Prague, Vilnius and Warsaw Modlin will each have twice weekly service and Milan Bergamo will be served thrice weekly.

None of these airports or countries have existing service to Jordan, apart from Cyprus and Bucharest. Royal Jordanian serves Larnaca in Cyprus and TAROM seasonally serves Bucharest. There used to be service between Budapest and Amman but that has long been discontinued.

For the winter schedule, Ryanair will also fly to Aqaba on the Red Sea and twice weekly service will be from Athens, Cologne, Rome Ciampino and Sofia.

Why Go To Jordan?

Jordan is a fantastic country with some world class sights to see. The famous city of Petra that has architecture carved into rock is a stunning place to visit for a start and there are also some very well preserved Roman ruins in Jerash.

No visit is complete without heading to the Dead Sea to float unaided in the salty water. The Jordanian people are very friendly and hospitable and I would thoroughly recommend heading there.

Overall Thoughts

It is interesting to see Ryanair expanding into the Middle East. Jordan is a great candidate for this as the country is a stable oasis compared to some of its neighbours. These flights promise to be far cheaper than the existing options.

My first thought was that it will be a cheap way to get back there for a visit which is something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. Hopefully the services will be a success.

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