Airport International Group (AIG) – the Jordanian consortium responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of the Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) – has announced a steady rise in monthly and year-to-date (YTD) passenger and aircraft traffic in February 2013.
Passenger traffic (PAX) went up by almost 5.2% this February, reaching 447,594 PAX in comparison to February 2012’s 425,591 PAX. Meanwhile, YTD PAX traffic exceeded the 900,000 mark by 22,663 PAX to reach 922,663 PAX in February this year – a 3.8% increase over the 888,819 PAX recorded over the same period in 2012.
Similarly, aircraft movement (ACM) witnessed a 5.2% increase during February 2013, totalling at 4,960 ACM compared to the 4,713 ACM recorded during the same month in 2012. As for YTD ACM results, they reached 10,229 ACM by February 2013, marking a 4.1% increase over the recorded YTD ACM by February 2012.
QAIA’s overall traffic has witnessed remarkable growth during the period between November 2007 and December 2012, whereby PAX and ACM grew by 62% and 50% respectively.
“The continued growth in passenger and aircraft traffic at the Queen Alia International Airport affirms the effectiveness of our strategy, which aims to provide quality services that meet the expectations of travelers,” said Kjeld Binger, CEO of AIG. “We are very proud of the recent inauguration of the new terminal. This milestone was made possible by the efforts of our dedicated employees and our vision towards delivering a sustainable project with significant economic value that benefits all stakeholders. The new airport serves as a model example for successful public-private partnership.”
The new terminal officially began its operations on 21st March this year after being inaugurated under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II on 14th March 2013, and kicking off its soft opening on 3rd March with select commercial flights. The 100,000-square-metre building boasts vastly improved infrastructure and cutting-edge facilities that are capable of catering to the steady surge in Jordan’s passenger traffic and catapulting QAIA’s annual capacity from 3.5 million passengers to 9 million passengers, and later on to 12 million passengers.