Airport International Group (AIG), the Jordanian consortium responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of the airport, announced on Sunday in a press release that the annual traffic of passengers travelling through Queen Alia International Airport  (QAIA) exceeded six million passengers for the first time in the airport’s history.
Noting that the last month of the year registered 441,288 passengers travelling through QAIA , a 2.4 per cent increase compared with same month in 2011. The company indicated in the press statement that the total number of passengers for 2012 was 6,250,048 passengers.
“Not only setting a record high and surpassing a significant milestone, the figure exceeded the annual total of the previous year by a noteworthy 14.3 per cent, or more than half a million passengers,” the press release said.
While passenger traffic has well exceeded the airport’s current capacity  of 3.5 million annual passengers for the last four years, the rapidly approaching launch of the new terminal will immediately eliminate QAIA’s current capacity constrictions, catapulting the airport capacity to 9 million annual passengers.
Aircraft movement (ACM) figures for 2012 also hit record numbers, with December’s total of 5,165 ACMs, a 1.4 per cent increase compared to December 2011, bringing the annual total of aircraft movements at QAIA to 67,190 ACMs, a 5.9 per cent increase over 2011, which registered 63,426 ACMs.
AIG Chief Executive Officer Kjeld Binger said: “Reaching these new milestones for traffic at QAIA is a great achievement in itself, made even more noteworthy by the fact that they have been reached just ahead of the biggest and most important milestone in the development of QAIA; the upcoming launch of the new terminal.”
“This new national landmark represents the realisation of His Majesty’s vision for the airport, and the promising figures recorded in 2012 provide further optimism in the future of QAIA, as well as that of the entire Kingdom,” he added in the press statement.
The state-of-the-art new terminal boasts vastly improved infrastructure, with a larger check-in area, clearly marked signage and flight information monitors, comfortable seating, a larger duty-free area, and a wider variety of food and beverage outlets, among many other greatly enhanced features. The opening of the terminal, slated to happen in the coming months, will take place following a one-time, overnight operational transfer from the old facilities.
AIG is investing an estimated $750 million in the construction of a landmark new terminal — now almost 92 per cent complete. Future expansions will further increase the airport capacity to 12 million passengers a year.
AIG has also spent an additional $100 million on rehabilitating and improving the existing terminals to enable the airport to handle the continuous growth in passenger traffic.