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Marking yet another milestone year, Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) welcomed 7,089,008 passengers during 2014, an impressive 9% year-to-date (YTD) increase compared to 2013. Meanwhile, since the beginning of 2014 and up until December, YTD aircraft movements (ACM) rose by 7.6% to reach a total of 73,125 ACM. These annual traffic figures are the culmination of 12 months of robust growth experienced at QAIA in terms of passenger traffic (PAX) and ACM.
Despite ACM figures registering a slight 0.29% decrease in December, totaling at 5,439 ACM as opposed to 5,455 ACM in 2013, QAIA served 497,824 passengers during the month, a 4.1% rise compared to the same period a year earlier. This was mainly led by an increase in expatriate, tourism and Umrah travelers visiting the GCC, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq. During 2014, QAIA achieved several firsts in the airport’s history by exceeding 500,000 monthly PAX in January and February; 600,000 monthly PAX in April and May; 700,000 monthly PAX in August; and 600,000 monthly PAX in September, as opposed to the same months during 2013.
"The overall growth experienced during 2014 is attributed to strong traffic performance during peak holiday seasons,” said Kjeld Binger, CEO of Airport International Group (AIG) - the Jordanian company responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of QAIA. “Building on this success, we will continue to work towards further enhancing passenger capacity and service levels, thus helping QAIA reach its full potential. We particularly look forward to the completion of the second QAIA expansion phase that is currently underway, as it will enable Jordan’s prime gateway to further boost its annual traffic capacity to 12 million after 2016, and to 16 million by 2032.”