Airport International Group (AIG) – the Jordanian company responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) – has released QAIA’s 2013 annual traffic statistics, which showed robust growth across passenger and aircraft numbers.
Bringing 2013 to a positive conclusion, QAIA welcomed 478,245 passengers during December, an impressive 8.4% increase compared to the same month in 2012. This boosted annual passenger traffic (PAX) by 4% to settle at 6,502,323 PAX, marking over a quarter of a millionpassenger increase compared to last year’s results. Aircraft movements (ACM) in December 2013 also rose by 5.6% over December 2012, recording 5,455 flights for the month and setting annual ACM up by 1.1% to reach 67,959 ACM in total.
“2013 was a milestone year for QAIA in more ways than one. Not only did it mark the launch of our new, state-of-the-art terminal which significantly boosted QAIA’s service levels and traffic capacity, but it also introduced a number of new international achievements and accolades,” said AIG CEO, Kjeld Binger. “In addition to being named the Best Emerging Market Infrastructure Project for Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, QAIA was ranked – in terms of quality – among the world’s top airports for service levels and passenger satisfaction. Despite the fact that only phase one of the Terminal Project is completed, the overall passenger satisfaction is exceeding the international standards as set in the agreement between AIG and the Jordanian Government,” he aded.
Binger went on to state, “It’s encouraging to see what Jordan’s prime gateway can achieve when faced with challenging regional circumstances, and it gives us a positive indicator of what can be expected in 2014.”
Building on its success in 2013, QAIA kicked off its second expansion phase on 20 January, 2014, under the patronage of H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Nsour. Valued at over USD 100 million and scheduled to be completed in 2016, the expansion will help raise QAIA’s annual passenger capacity to up to 12 million, subsequently enabling Jordan to better serve as a regional transit hub for leisure and business travel, and supporting the Kingdom’s national tourism strategy goals.
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