Queen Alia International Airport Reports Impressive Growth by 17% Year to Date
Airport International Group (AIG), the Jordanian company responsible for the expansion, rehabilitation and operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), announced the airport's traffic results year-to-date, which shows a healthy growth in the airport's overall performance over 2009.
Passenger traffic for the first half of this year reached 2,445,500 passengers, which translates to an impressive 17% increase over 2009. June recorded the highest traffic volumes with 482, 400 passengers for the month. Aircraft movements for the first six months were strong; totaling 29,600 aircraft — an 11.3% increase over the previous year. In addition to that, Cargo registered 42,850 tons year-to-date with a 9.9% increase over the same period last year.
Commenting on these encouraging results, AIG's Chief Executive Officer Curtis Grad said: "The mid-year results show that QAIA is indeed making substantial strides towards its objective, developing a robust and sustainable regional hub. QAIA is steadily emerging as the airport of choice in the Levant region and these results demonstrate the resilience of the Jordanian market and the effectiveness of the strategies implemented by AIG and its partners."
QAIA recently welcomed additional flight frequency announcements over the last six months, from a broad range of current operating air carriers including Royal Jordanian, Delta, Air Arabia, and new flights by Alitalia, Vueling, airBaltic, Air Arabia- Egypt and Iberia; in addition to new and increased number of charter flights among which is MINT Airways.
The USD750 million rehabilitation and expansion works at QAIA are well underway, including the construction of a new state-of-the-art 100,000 square meter passenger terminal. 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).