Royal Jordanian has registered a record number of passengers – 268,000 – in January 2012. It counted 213,000 passengers in the same period of 2011, marking a 25% increase, and a 2% increase over the estimated budget.
The number is the highest achieved by the airline for the month of January since its establishment, proof of the great and continuous efforts exerted to attract passengers, and increase the company’s market share in Jordan and on the rest of its route network that covers 60 Arab and international destinations.
RJ President/CEO Hussein Dabbas said that this record in January, which is one of the weakest months of the year in terms of the movement of passengers, raised the seat factor up to 72% in the said month, compared to 66% in the comparison period, which is an 11% increase.
He added that the flying hours during the same month increased by 5%, the departures by 3%, while the cargo uplifted, on cargo and passenger flights, by 24%.
Dabbas expressed satisfaction with this success, which reflects the ability of the company and its employees to work as one team to overcome the difficulties experienced by the aviation industry worldwide. This achievement enables the airline to retain its world-class status, according to Dabbas who stressed that Royal Jordanian is always keen to improve the level of air and ground services provided to its passengers, and to simplify the travel procedures through automation.
He said that the aviation industry is still suffering from a decline in travel, especially from Europe and the Far East, due to the events taking place in Syria, in spite of the increase in the operating performance indicators, as mentioned above, in addition to the sharp competition in the region which contributes to the drop in tickets prices and the inability of the company to increase yield and revenues in parallel with the increase in cost.
Dabbas pointed out that the soaring fuel prices in the current year raised the fuel bill paid by the airline in January 2012 to JD23.1 million, compared toJD17.7 million in the same month last year, an increase of 30%, which led to an increase in the total operating cost of the company for January by 17%.