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AIG announced the airport's traffic results for 2010, with the year-end tally showing strong overall growth in all areas.
For the first time in QAIA's history, passenger traffic reached 5,430,000 passengers, translating to a remarkable 13.7% increase compared to 4,770,000 in 2009.
Aircraft Movements (ACMs) for 2010 also witnessed strong growth, closing the year at 62,900... an 8.8% increase compared to 57,800 ACMs in 2009. As for cargo, 2010 registered 90, 200 tonnes, an 11.8% increase over 2009.
Commenting on these encouraging results, AIG's Chief Executive Officer, Curtis Grad said: "As global market demand continues to recover, we are extremely pleased with our 2010 traffic results, as QAIA now ranks as one of the fastest growing airports in the region in terms of passengers volumes, as well as flight activity. Since assuming operations of QAIA in late 2007, AIG has been extremely keen on developing new routes, services and frequencies and our efforts have very well been rewarded."
QAIA has welcomed a multitude of new carriers, routes and additional flight frequencies over the last three years, from a broad range of scheduled air carriers including new services by: Royal Jordanian, Delta, Air Arabia, Austrian, Alitalia, Vueling, FlyDubaiairBaltic, Iberia and Tarom Romanian; in addition to new charter services by Air Mediterranee, MINT Airways, XL Airways and many others. Since 2007, QAIA passenger traffic has risen from 3.8m to 5.4m annually, while total flight frequencies have increased from ~400/week to well in excess of 650/week in the summer of 2010, and the number of carriers has grown from 28 to well over 40 in the same period, with destinationsexpanding from 58 to 64.
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).