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easyJet to launch a new route between Manchester and Jordan

easyJet has announced a new route between Manchester and Aqaba, a coastal city in Jordan, for the winter season. It will be easyJet’s fifth-longest route at 2,488 miles in that festive month.

Manchester-Aqaba flights

Starting 6th December 2021, easyJet will operate twice-weekly flights between Manchester International Airport and King Hussein Aqaba Airport.

The schedule of the Monday flights is:

  • Manchester-Aqaba
  • Departure time: 09:00
  • Arrival time: 04:35
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 35 minutes
  • Flight number: U21965
  • Aqaba-Manchester
  • Departure time: 17:25
  • Arrival time: 21:30
  • Flight time: 6 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: U21966

The schedule of the Fridays flights is:

  • Manchester-Aqaba
  • Departure time: 11:55
  • Arrival time: 19:30
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 35 minutes
  • Flight number: U21965
  • Aqaba-Manchester
  • Departure time: 20:20
  • Arrival time: 00:25 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 6 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: U21966

The route will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A320. To generate interest and demand on this route, which no other airline has operated regularly before, easyJet is currently selling tickets for Aqaba-Manchester flights for as low as £14.99. The prices for Manchester-Aqaba flights start at £95.99.

The airline states that visitors to Aqaba will be able to access the landscapes of Wadi Rum and architectural sites of Petra.

Ali Gayward, Country Manager, United Kingdom, easyJet, said:

We are delighted to announce today that we are adding even more exciting destinations to our Manchester network, with new flights to Aqaba in Jordan. We know our customers can’t wait to go on a long-awaited and well-deserved holiday, so this new route will prove popular for customers wishing to get away for some winter sun and further strengthens our Manchester international network, providing customers with great value fares and ever more choice this winter.

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Karen Smart, Managing Director, Manchester Airport, said:

The announcement of this new route is fantastic news for passengers who are seeking some sunshine this winter, and we are delighted to see easyJet expanding its Manchester network and offering even more choice to travellers. As Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease, we hope to see an increase in the variety and frequency of routes available this winter, ensuring that for those seeking a much-needed break, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Customers booking flights with the airline will benefit from the airline’s enhanced Protection Promise. This means that passengers will be able to change their flights this summer without fee, up to two hours before departure, regardless of the destination. Flights can be changed to any services currently on sale up to the end of September 2022.

Serving Aqaba since 2018

The low-cost carrier has been operating flights to Aqaba in Jordan since November 2018, helped by the EU-Jordan open skies agreement in 2010, with services from both London Gatwick and Berlin Schönefeld. In 2019, the airline started serving the resort town from Geneva, Milan Malpensa and Venice.

In December 2021, easyJet will operate 5 routes:

  • Manchester: twice-weekly
  • Berlin: twice-weekly
  • Geneva: twice-weekly
  • London Gatwick: twice-weekly
  • Milan Malpensa: twice-weekly

Meanwhile, easyJet recently announced 12 new domestic routes in the United Kingdom to fill the gap left by the collapse of regional carrier Stobart Air. The airline has resumed flights between Aberdeen and Manchester.

Featured image by Mike Burdett via Flickr

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