For the third consecutive month this year, Airport International Group (AIG) – the Jordanian company responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of the Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) – has recorded positive results for QAIA traffic growth in March 2013.
Up by over 8.6%, passenger traffic (PAX) at the new airport reached 549,861 PAX in March 2013 compared to the 506,189 PAX achieved in March 2012, bringing the year-to-date (YTD) PAX rate up by around 5.6% from 1,395,008 PAX in 2012 to 1,472,524 PAX this year. In turn, aircraft movement (ACM) witnessed an approximate 2.7% increase when traffic rose from 5,545 ACM in March 2012 to 5,692 ACM in March 2013, pushing YTD ACM up by almost 3.6%.
“The new Queen Alia International Airport is uniquely designed to absorb Jordan’s forecasted surge in passenger and aircraft traffic, as national efforts focus on promoting the Kingdom as a tourism destination and convenient stop-over point,” said Kjeld Binger, CEO of AIG. “Upon its official launch, QAIA propelled its annual capacity from 3.5 million to 7 million passengers. When phase 1 is completed after demolition of the old terminal the capacity will be 9 million and we aim to take this figure up to 12 million passengers at later stages. Our steadily growing monthly and YTD traffic rates are a promising indication that things are going as planned, and we look forward to continuing our progress.”