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Airport International Group (AIG) - the Jordanian company responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) – has released QAIA’s traffic statistics since the beginning of the year and up until end of June. Registering sustained growth, year-to-date (YTD) cargo traffic figures showed a significant 8.3% increase to reach 48,973 tons as opposed to 2014. Compared to the same period last year, YTD passenger traffic (PAX) declined by 9.2% to come in at 3,248,413 PAX, and YTD aircraft movements (ACM) dropped by 6.4% to settle at 33,748 ACM.
Throughout June 2015, QAIA handled 8,874 tons of cargo as opposed to 7,860 tons during the same month in 2014, which represented a 12.90% rise. QAIA also received 593,006 PAX compared to 687,804 PAX, indicating a 13.8% in comparison to the same period last year, and recorded 6,124 ACM as opposed to 6,573 ACM, which signified a 6.8% year-on-year drop.
“During the past six months, Jordan’s aviation industry has been experiencing route cancellations driven by regional circumstances, which in turn has impacted QAIA’s passenger and aircraft traffic,” commented AIG CEO, Kjeld Binger. “Nonetheless, our outlook remains positive for the remainder of 2015, stemming in part from cargo traffic’s ongoing increase since the beginning of the year, as well as the recent addition of Ukraine International Airlines and the low-cost carrier, Air Arabia Jordan, to QAIA’s airline network. Expanding our low-cost carrier market is a positive step forward for all, as it will give the tourism sector a much needed boost and will hopefully help offset the drop in passenger traffic seen at QAIA so far. Furthermore, we are hoping to witness growth during H2 given the upcoming high seasons of Eid Al Fitr, Hajj pilgrimage and Eid Al Adha.”