Amman, Royal Jordanian Airlines will start regular direct services to the Algerian capital, Algiers, as of February 25 this year, connecting Jordan and Algeria for the first time marking it as the airlines 58th destination.

Amer Hadidi, Royal Jordanian Airlines' president, and chief executive officer announced there will be two weekly flights between Amman and Algiers, on Mondays and Wednesdays.

On Mondays, the flight departs from Queen Alia International Airport in Amman at 11:15 am and arrives 14:05 pm at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers. The return flight leaves Algiers at 15:00 pm and expected time of arrival Amman at 21:05 pm.

On Wednesdays, the flight departs  from Amman at 10:30 am and arrives at 13:20 pm in Algiers. The return flight leaves Algiers at 14:15 pm and arrives in Amman at 20:20 pm.

As of April 1, 2013, the airline will add a third flight, on Thursdays, to meet the demand on travel that is expected to witness a gradual growth in the coming months according to the airline chief.

Hadidi mentioned that the airline's decision to put Algiers on its route network is based on the market research, revealing different segments served by this route. Business passengers are a strong segment in this route, especially those working in the pharmaceutical industries.

Hadidi added this route will feed other Royal Jordanian Airlines routes in the region, particularly Jeddah and Medina, when Algerian passengers will transit via Amman to conduct Umrah and Hajj (the holy Muslim pilgrimage) in Saudi Arabia. 

Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world and the largest in Africa. It owns a wide range of tourist and archaeological sites that attract people from all over the world. It has an estimated population of 37 million.

Houari Boumediene Airport, which was built in 1924, is the main airport of the country and the operations center for Air Algerie.