The upcoming launch of easyJet flights from London Gatwick to Aqaba in Jordan will open up one of the Middle East’s most exciting destinations to travellers from the UK.

The one-flight-per-week service commences on November 10 on Saturdays, until March 23 2019..

The historic port city on the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba boasts beaches, premier snorkelling and scuba diving, and unbeatable access to Jordan’s south, where highlights include the famous ancient city of Petra and the spectacular desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.

Aqaba has been transformed in recent years with billion-dollar development in two new resorts – Ayla and Saraya Aqaba – that welcome holidaymakers with new four and five-star hotels, activity experiences, a marina, restaurants and beach clubs.

With average high temperatures reaching above 20 degrees centigrade during the winter months, and additional developments including Jordan’s first 18-hole championship golf course, a professional-quality wake-boarding park, and the region’s first water park, Aqaba is fast becoming the region’s leading winter sun destination.

Aqaba is located in the far south of Jordan, less than five hours flying time from the UK. Aqaba International Airport is situated just 20 minutes from the centre of Aqaba, with both new resorts an equally short journey away. The red-rose city of Petra, one of the seven modern wonders of the world, is just a two-hour drive, making it an accessible day trip, while the Unesco World Heritage landscape of Wadi Rum is even closer, meaning travellers can combine relaxing days with exploring some of the world-famous experiences Jordan has to offer.