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Amman, January 2019: Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) welcomed 8,425,026 passengers in 2018, setting an unprecedented record for annual passenger traffic (PAX) in its history, while registering a 6.5% rise in year-to-date (YTD) PAX compared to 2017. Based on statistics released by Airport International Group, aircraft movement (ACM) figures during the year witnessed a 3.8% increase to reach 76,889 and cargo handled decreased by 5.7% to settle at 104,170 tons.
As for December 2018, 629,805 passengers flew through QAIA, surpassing previous December results - indicating a substantial 9.3% growth as opposed to the same month the year prior. During the period, ACM surged by 9.2% to total at 5,970 movements, whereas handled cargo declined by 11.6% to amount to 9,112 tons.
Over the course of 2018, monthly PAX records were exceeded on several occasions, particularly around the summer and holiday seasons, with top travel destinations being Dubai, Istanbul, Cairo, Doha and Jeddah. In parallel, seven new airlines joined the Airport’s route network and 12 new destinations across Europe were made available. In August, another milestone was achieved, with QAIA handling more than one million passengers in a single month for the first time ever.
“We are very proud of our exceptional performance during 2018, which truly was a year of outstanding accomplishments. Our collaborative efforts with local partners and entities to expand QAIA’s airline network, connect Jordan with various cities across the globe and offer a unique travel experience have paid off, which is evident not only in December’s figures, but also in the historic benchmarks we hit throughout the year. On this note, I would like to thank our partners, stakeholders and employees who actively contributed to our success, as we continue to position QAIA as the Kingdom’s prime gateway to the world,” commented Airport International Group CEO, Kjeld Binger.