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Royal Jordanian Halts Some Flights on Turmoil, Fuel, Petra Says

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Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Royal Jordanian Airlines will suspend flights to five destinations starting in March because of regional turmoil and higher fuel prices, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

The Amman-based airline will halt flights to Brussels, Munich in Germany, Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates and two other destinations in the Gulf to be announced soon, Petra reported, citing Royal Jordanian Chief Executive Officer Hussein Dabbas. The airline also decided to reduce the number of flights to Rome, Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur and Khartoum, he said.

Royal Jordanian canceled 1,300 flights in 2011 and more than 460 flights scheduled in the first quarter of this year due to a drop in the number of passengers, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mohammad Tayseer in Amman, through the Dubai newsroom at mtayseer@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net

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