Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has announced the launch of multiple routes to Jordan. In a statement, the Irish LCC said its initial service to Amman Queen Alia is to launch in March from Paphos, Cyprus operating four times weekly.

Thereafter, nine additional routes to the Jordanian capital will be rolled out from October including Bologna (2x weekly), Brussels National (2x weekly), Bucharest Otopeni (2x weekly), Budapest (2x weekly), Kraków (2x weekly), Milan Bergamo (3x weekly), Prague Ruzyne (2x weekly), Vilnius (2x weekly), and Warsaw Modlin (2x weekly).

Service to Aqaba is to start during the winter 2018 season with flights to the Red Sea resort town from each of Athens Int'l (2x weekly), Cologne/Bonn (2x weekly), Rome Ciampino (2x weekly), and Sofia (2x weekly).

“Opening up new routes to the Kingdom from several crucial markets is key in bringing tourists for extended stays in Jordan," the Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat said. "This is a culmination of efforts that reflects our steadfast demand-driven approach. We are now able to make the Kingdom more accessible to a broader segment of potential tourists and whose impact on the local economy will be substantial on every level of the tourism sector supply-chain. We are excited for this endeavour to grow and flourish over the next few years, and to witness its impact on the tourism sector.”

Until this announcement, the Irish LCC's Middle Eastern operations were restricted to Eilat Ovda Int'l and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion in Israel.