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Issue No. 28 -December / January 2012

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Queen Alia Airport serves 4 million passengers in first 9 months of 2011

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Over four million passengers travelled through Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) between January and September of this year, according to Airport International Group (AIG).

AIG said in a statement received by The Jordan Times Monday that during the first six months of this year passenger traffic grew 1.4 per cent over the same period of 2010, adding that according to airport statistics for 2011, QAIA’s passenger numbers have held strong at a time when other airports in the region have seen declines.

In June, the number of passengers went up by 3.4 per cent year-over-year to over 500,000, said the statement.

AIG, which assumed responsibility for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of QAIA four years ago, said that over 70 per cent of the construction work to expand the airport has been completed, indicating that the first phase of the new terminal project will be completed in 2012, increasing the capacity of the airport to seven million passengers per year from its current capacity of 3.5 million.

AIG will continue to enhance and expand the airport in accordance with demand, gradually increasing passenger capacity toward 12 million passengers per year, said the statement.

The new terminal is designed to allow passengers to proceed rapidly from the security and shopping areas to the gates.

AIG said the new terminal will play a key role in Jordan’s plans to emerge in the near future as a major regional travel hub, stressing that investment in the airport will lead to overall economic growth in the Kingdom and support the government’s goal of doubling 2010 tourism revenues of JD2.4 billion by 2015.

AIG is a Jordanian company with private shareholding by Invest AD (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Noor Financial Investment Company (Kuwait), Edgo Group (Jordan), Joannou&Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited (Cyprus), J&P-Avax (Greece) and Aéroports de Paris Management (France).

With permission from Jordan Times.
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