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Emirates Airline has confirmed it will bolster their Middle East route network by adding more flights to Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) starting February 3rd, 2009. Emirates flew to its first Middle East gateway in 1986 when it launched operations to Amman, Jordan.
Essa Sulaiman Ahmed, Emirates Airline, Manager - Jordan & West Bank commented, “In the first week of February, 2009 Emirates will add two additional flights to Amman. The new service will enable greater access and facilitate traffic flows between the Middle East and key markets in Europe, Africa, Indian Sub Continent, Far East and Australian points.” When asked for additional information, Mr. Ahmed said, “Customer demand for our services has been steadily building up and we are pleased to enhance our presence in the Middle East by adding flights to Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan. The Middle East region is at the centre of our global network and demand for our services has remained b. We are grateful for the support from our customers and look forward to further developing our operations to serve their needs.” The two additional flights starting February 3rd will operate between Dubai and Amman on Tuesdays and Thursdays, bringing the weekly service to twelve. EK902 departs Amman at 10:15am, and arrives in Dubai at 3:00pm. EK901 departs Dubai at 7:25am and arrives in Amman at 8:55am.
Emirates, one of the world’s most successful airlines, operates a modern and efficient fleet of all wide-bodied aircraft to 101 cities spanning six continents. Emirates will serve the region with 180 flights per week with the additional flights from Amman to Dubai.
Curtis Grad, Chief Executive Officer of Airport International Group (AIG), operators of Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, welcomed the additional flights. “Our aviation marketing team has been working with Emirates Airline since last October and we are pleased to receive confirmation they will increase their flights from Amman to Dubai to twelve flights per week. The additional frequencies to be operated by Emirates display confidence in Jordan as a regional economic hub and tourist destination, leveraging improvements we have been making to the existing passenger terminal building at QAIA.” When Mr. Grad was questioned about the expansion works at Queen Alia International airport, he commented, “Our USD$ 700 million redevelopment program for Queen Alia International Airport is being designed to deliver a truly world class terminal experience for travelers, including services and amenities catering specifically to premium service carriers, including Emirates Airlines.”
The rehabilitation and expansion works at QAIA are well underway with the new passenger terminal extending over 85,000 square meters. AIG, under the terms of a 25-year concession agreement with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is responsible for the operation of the airport, the rehabilitation of existing facilities and the construction of the new terminal.
AIG is a Jordanian company with private shareholding by Abu Dhabi Investment Company (UAE), Noor Financial Investment Company (Kuwait), Edgo Group (Jordan), Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited (Cyprus), J&P-Avax (Greece) and Aéroports de Paris Management (France).