Middle East Airlines announces new schedule to Jordan, doubling flights

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Middle East Airlines- Air Liban (MEA) has confirmed plans to offer two flights a day from Amman, Jordan to Beirut, Lebanon. The new summer schedule will provide passengers departing Queen Alia International Airport with morning and evening departures to the capital city of Lebanon.

MEA was established in 1945 and now flies to 27 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, the Gulf and Africa. Middle East Airlines operates a fleet of modern Airbus aircraft composed of A330’s, A321’s and A320’s and is currently taking delivery of new Airbus A330 and A320 equipments. Middle East Airlines offers its customers a very luxurious travel experience on its modern fleet equipped with the most advanced specifications in seat comfort and in-flight entertainment.

In announcing the two daily flights to Jordan, Mohamad A. El-Hout Chairman and Director General of Middle East Airlines AirLiban stated “We increased the number of flights in order to remain at your service and to ensure that MEA continues to be your second home, the one you seek in order to return home as well as reach your final destinations pleasantly to all four corners of the world.”

Mr. Curtis Grad, chief executive officer of Airport International Group, operators of Queen Alia International Airport in Amman commented “We are certainly delighted that MEA has seen fit to increase flights on the Amman/Beirut route. Our expanding hub and spoke business supports Middle East Airways and its ambitious regional growth strategy.”

When questioned further about the new airlines flying to Jordan and the increase in schedules by incumbent air carriers, Curtis Grad replied “Despite the economic turndown, we have been successful in attracting a variety of new scheduled airlines and charter carriers which are inaugurating a total of nine new routes to-and-from Amman. In addition, airlines that already fly to QAIA are increasing their schedules. For the first half of this year, we have confirmed no less than 50 additional new flights per week.”

The rehabilitation and expansion works at QAIA are well underway with the new passenger terminal extending over 85,000 square meters. AIG, under the terms of a 25-year concession agreement with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is responsible for the operation of the airport, the rehabilitation of existing facilities and the construction of the new terminal.

AIG is a Jordanian company with private shareholding by Abu Dhabi Investment Company (UAE), Noor Financial Investment Company (Kuwait), Edgo Group (Jordan), Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited (Cyprus), J&P-Avax (Greece) and Aéroports de Paris Management (France).