Election day spells bonanza for bus owners
AMMAN, Jan 24, 2013 (Jordan Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Rentals of large buses since the beginning of this week have been 15-20 per cent higher than usual, bus companies said, partially due to an unusually high number of reservations by candidates in the parliamentary elections.
"Candidates started making reservations for buses a few weeks ago. Some chartered them to transport their supporters to polling stations in Amman, and others to take them to other governorates," Yousef Afaneh, representative of Trust International Transport, told The Jordan Times on Wednesday.
Afaneh said all of his company's buses had been leased out and that as soon as a bus became available, it would immediately be hired again.
He and other operators, however, said many of their buses had also been hired on Wednesday for leisure purposes, as election day was declared a public holiday.
"We had several reservations today for trips to Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba and the majority of passengers are Jordanians," Afaneh added.
"The weather is nice. Everyone wants to go out," he noted.
An employee at Jordan Express Tourist Transportation Company said the same.
"There has been a big increase in reservations for trips, especially to Aqaba," the employee said over the phone on Wednesday, adding that the company had also received many reservations from candidates.
Wael Afaneh, who owns the United Transporting Company, said reservations of large buses were unprecedented, about 20 per cent higher than normal.
"I think the demand is higher for trips than from candidates. Several buses left Amman very early in the morning for Aqaba and other places even before the elections started at 7:00am," he said.
Election day was also good news for owners of small private buses.
Adel Saleem, who owns a small bus, said he had rented it for JD70 to one of the candidates in Amman 2nd District.
"This is a good deal for me as I usually sell cosmetics and make about JD10 in profits," Saleem said.
"Some of my friends who have small buses also rented them to candidates in several areas in Amman," he added.
"JD70 is a good deal for one day's work. I wish there were elections every week."
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