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Airport International Group (AIG) – the Jordanian company responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) – announced at 5 PM on Thursday 8 January, 2015, that snowfall began at QAIA at 8 PM on Wednesday 7 January, 2015. In line with its snow plan, AIG immediately deployed anti-icing procedures to keep the runway clear for landings and takeoffs, and operations were not affected. Their Excellencies the Prime Minister, Minister of Transport and Minister of Interior Affairs visited QAIA at 2 PM today to be brought up to speed on the procedures taken following last night's snowstorm.
AIG reaffirmed that its fleet of sweepers, snow ploughs and anti-icing spreader are on standby to respond to developing weather conditions. Sufficient and qualified manpower is also operating around the clock and throughout the storm to maintain airport activities.
Other than the few flights announced by Royal Jordanian, Fly Dubai and Etihad Airways on Wednesday evening prior to snowfall reaching QAIA, no flights have been cancelled. Some delays were experienced late on Wednesday due to aircraft de-icing and anti-icing measures carried out by the ground handler in order to ensure aircraft readiness for safe takeoff.
QAIA passengers are advised to check for schedule updates by contacting their airlines or calling QAIA at 064010250. Callers are requested to be patient and cooperative if faced with busy phone lines due to heavy traffic. QAIA personnel are available 24/7 to respond to enquiries and to provide the requested services in as timely a manner as possible.