Apparently there are 5 other airlines based in Queen Alia Airport.
Let's talk about them:
1- Air Rum: They have 5 planes that travel to different countries in Africa and the Middle East.
They are blacklisted and banned from flying over the European Union because they operate below the essential safety levels.
Their website, however, mentions that they fly to Italy. I'm really hoping that the people updating their website aren't the same as those doing maintenance on their jets.
To tell how crazy this airline is, a pilot in 2005 faked an emergency landing in a Peruvian city just to allow the Gambian passengers on that flight to watch a football game Gambia was playing in Peru that night. Click here for details.
2- Teebah Airlines: A charter airlines owned by Iraqis, operating from Amman since 2004. Bought old planes from Delta Airlines. Another airline banned from flying over European Union soil because of sub-standard safety level. Its fleet consists of five jets.
3- Air Universal: This one is not banned anywhere, but somehow it ran out of air crafts!
4- Jordan Aviation : this one seems to be better organized. It has service to different gulf countries, and it's not blacklisted !
5- Raya Jet: a private jet charter, looks fancy from inside.
6- Royal Wings: has one airbus that flies as far as Belgrade.
7- And of course, our lovely Royal Jordanian.
What's really bothering me is that the two blacklisted airlines are Sierra Leonan airlines. For some reason, the folks in Sierra Leone were welcomed to have their airlines based in Queen Alia airport in Amman, under Arab names like Teebah and Rum. That explains why they have flights to African countries where very few Jordanians are interested in flying to, like Niger and Benin.