Airport International Group, AIG, the Jordanian consortium responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of the Queen Alia International Airport, QAIA, recently began testing the jet ways at the new terminal in order to prepare for the highly anticipated opening of the new, state-of-the-art facilities, slated for opening towards the end of February 2013.
Passengers on select flights will find themselves boarding or disembarking from the new jet ways at the new terminal. However, passengers will complete all departure and arrival procedures at the current terminal, and will then be bused to and from the gates of the new terminal. AIG would like to assure passengers that security procedures will not be negatively affected, and that everything will be done to minimize inconveniences for passengers.
Operating the new jet ways will ensure that both airlines and staff have ample time to test and use the new jet ways prior to the official opening of the terminal. Procedures being tested during these exercises include docking the airplanes at the gates, locking procedures for the jet ways, boarding and disembarking, and other key processes involved in the use of the jet ways.
This exercise is the latest in a series of tests involving AIG and its partners that will ensure the readiness of the new terminal as preparations for its opening continue. Jet way testing will continue until the launch of the new terminal.
AIG is investing an estimated US $750 million in the construction of a landmark new terminal — now 92% complete — which will serve as a source of pride and prosperity for all Jordanians. This new terminal will significantly increase the airport capacity to 9 million passengers annually, nearly three times the current airport capacity of 3.5 million passengers annually. Future expansions will further increase the airport capacity to 12 million passengers a year. AIG has also spent US $100 million on rehabilitating and improving the existing terminals to enable the airport to handle the continuous growth in passenger traffic.