The Jordanian authorities announced today the postponement of the opening of Queen Alia International Airport to foreign flights, which was scheduled for tomorrow after a hiatus of nearly five months due to the pandemic of the Corona virus emerging.
And the official "Kingdom" television quoted an official source as saying that "it was decided to postpone the opening of Queen Alia International Airport to external navigation" until further notice.
The source added that "the delay was a recommendation of the National Epidemic Committee."
The Royal Jordanian Airlines announced on its official website that it will start operating flights to Italy and Cyprus from Saturday to Canada on the 13th of this month, Malaysia and Thailand on the first of next September, but an official in the company told AFP that "in light of the decision to postpone the opening of The airport will be rescheduled for those flights upon opening the airport. "
The flights were to be resumed with 22 countries that the Jordanian government classified as "green", meaning that there is a low-risk epidemiological situation, and that travel from and to them will be permitted from August 5.
These countries are Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand.
The government said that the list would be reviewed every two weeks, according to the epidemiological situation in those countries.
The Jordanian Minister of Transport, Khaled Saif, confirmed last month that "the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is discussing with countries that are on the Green List to conduct flights with them."
According to the minister, "The next traveler to Jordan will pledge that he has spent 14 days in the green country, and there is a fine of 10,000 dinars (more than 14,000 dollars) if the information turns out to be inaccurate," noting that "the planes will operate at their full capacity."
In March, the authorities suspended international flights and closed airports due to the outbreak of the new Coruna virus.
Since then, the Kingdom has undertaken exceptional trips, during which more than twenty thousand Jordanians were stuck abroad. About 25,000 Arabs and foreigners have been returned from Jordan to their countries.
The TV quoted a Corona file official in the Ministry of Health, Adnan Ishaq, as saying that "the delay in opening Queen Alia International Airport to foreign flights is related to the epidemic curve in the Green List countries, in terms of the high number of injuries and deaths in them, and after warnings issued by the World Health Organization."
He explained that "some countries in the green list do not have the capabilities for a rapid appearance of the result of an examination of the detection of the new Corona virus," as it is required that the traveler conduct an examination 72 hours before travel confirming that he is free of the Corona virus and highlights it when traveling.