Air services

Qatar-Jordan to liberalize air services

Qatar and Jordan have agreed to remove restrictions on passenger and cargo flights operated between the two countries as part of efforts to boost bilateral air transport.

The civil aviation authorities of both countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will allow the airlines to operate on any number of flights using any aircraft.

The signing was chaired by the Chairman of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA), Mohamed Faleh Alhajri, and the Chief Commissioner of the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC) of Jordan, Haitham Misto . The move follows talks in March.

A statement from Doha’s state news agency, QNA, said: “The outcome of the agreement will positively reflect on overall economic and investment activity and trade.”

The official Jordanian Petra news agency added that the decision was “in line with the policy of progressive liberalization of air transport adopted by the Jordanian government”.

According to data provided by OAG Schedules Analyzer, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian each serve Doha (DOH)-Amman (AMM) three times a day. For the week beginning August 8, Qatar Airways is offering 12,862 round-trip seats between destinations, while Royal Jordanian has 7,759 seats available.

The MoU to liberalize air transport between Qatar and Jordan is part of efforts to strengthen economic ties. Petra said trade between the two countries reached $41 million in the first three months of 2022, up from $31 million in the same period last year. Goods that Qatar imports from Jordan include fruits and vegetables.

Meanwhile, Qatar’s private sector exports to Jordan in 2021 amounted to $45.3 million, a 20.6% increase from 2020.

Figures from Saber Market Intelligence show that O&D traffic between Qatar and Jordan totaled 87,500 return passengers in 2021, compared to 212,000 in 2019 before the pandemic. Preliminary data for the first half of 2022 reveals that two-way traffic stood at around 53,000 passengers.