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In November 2007, and under the terms of a 25-year concession agreement, Airport International Group (AIG) became the Jordanian company responsible for the operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), the rehabilitation of the airport’s facilities, and the construction of the new passenger terminal. In addition to Airport International Group total capital commitment of US$ 850 million, funding for the project was secured through the International Finance Corporation (the commercial arm of the World Bank), the Islamic Development Bank, a syndication of commercial lenders, and shareholder equity.
Located 35 kilometers from the heart of the capital Amman, QAIA was inaugurated in 1983 to become Jordan's key gateway to the world. By 2012, the airport was serving 6.2 million passengers as well as providing air cargo and other aviation support services. The airport extends across 19 million square meters and includes two parallel runways 3,660 meters in length, 61 meters in width and with a separation of 1,446 square meters.
The new Foster + Partners-designed terminal, which was inaugurated in March 2013 under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, is expected to increase annual passenger capacity from the initial 3.5 million to 9 million in phase one, and to 12 million in phase 2.
In June 2013, ISO-certified QAIA became the second airport in the Middle East to earn the Airport Carbon Accreditation. Airport International Group systematically invests in upgrading technologies and work practices to enhance QAIA's customer service level and operational performance.