Royal Jordanian shifts transatlantic base to Shannon

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Royal Jordanian Airlines is to transfer its entire transatlantic operation to Shannon International Airport, completing a long-awaited shift away from its former European transit point at Amsterdam Schiphol.

The move will mean Royal Jordanian’s Amman-New York service will operate via Shannon from next month after the carrier secured passenger pick-up rights from the Irish airport.

Royal Jordanian already operates three flights between Shannon and Chicago, having transferred these services from Amsterdam three years ago. The airline had suggested then that the flights to New York JFK would be similarly moved.

“We have long argued that it makes no sense to fly east [to alternative European gateways] in order to connect with a westbound [transatlantic] service,” says a spokesman for Shannon Airport operator Aer Rianta.

“Royal Jordanian’s decision to base its entire US operation at Shannon adds weight to that argument and makes our range of transatlantic options all the more attractive.”

From next month the carrier will operate to New York six times a week from Shannon using Airbus A310-300 aircraft. The service frequency is expected to increase to daily next year.