(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)
Aqaba, Mar. 13 (Petra) -- The King Hussein International Airport - Aqaba on Wednesday received the first direct flight between Cairo and Aqaba, which is part of the Petroleum Air Services (PAS) airline that links tourists in Egypt with Aqaba, Wadi Rum and Petra.
The Aqaba governor, Saleh Nasrat, said this route will boost tourism, increase communication between the peoples of Egypt and Jordan, and enhance bilateral relations in all fields.
Sharhabeel Madi, Commissioner for Economic Affairs of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), expressed hope for the sustainability of this route, adding it should be marketed to attract tourists from Egypt and to create a genuine connection between Jordanian and Egyptian tourism.
The Kingdom includes some 26 thousand tourist and archaeological sites that are interwoven with Egyptian heritage and history, he noted.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of PAS, Gen. Yehia Hussein, expressed his pride in the opening of the first regular route between the two countries, adding that it is economical for all travelers.
The PAS's representative in Jordan, Hani Abu Al-Saud, stated that the company will provide two flights a week, lauding the efforts ASEZA exerted to overcome all obstacles that faced the opening of this "first-of-its-kind air route" between Cairo and Aqaba.
On its first flight to Aqaba, the plane carried a number of Egyptian travel agents, businessmen and journalists.