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Amman, November 2015 – Reference to the traffic statistics released by Airport International Group (AIG) - the Jordanian company responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) – for the month of October, the Airport has recorded a notable 6.5% growth in cargo traffic figures since the beginning of the year compared to the same period in 2014. As the bustling summer travel season drew to a close, year-to-date (YTD) passenger (PAX) and aircraft movement (ACM) figures registered a drop in comparison to the previous year.
QAIA welcomed 578,867 PAX this October compared to 608,605 PAX in 2014, resulting in a 4.9% decrease in comparison to the same period last year, and registered 6,129 ACM as opposed to 6,540 ACM in 2014, indicating a 6.3% year-on-year fall. Meanwhile, QAIA handled 8,758 tons of cargo as opposed to 8,140 tons during the same month in 2014, signaling a 7.59% rise.
Alternately, since the beginning of 2015, cargo traffic figures have increased 6.5% to reach 82,316 tons. On the other hand, YTD PAX experienced a minor fall of 0.8% to come in at 6,115,024 while YTD ACM decreased by 2.9% to settle at 60,767 ACM.
“Given that the busy summer holiday season has come to an end and that the winter season witnesses a drop in the number of tourists arriving to Jordan, the passenger and aircraft movement figures have registered a decrease this past month,” explained Airport International Group CEO, Kjeld Binger. “Nonetheless, we look forward to experiencing an upsurge in traffic during the next couple of months as a result of the peak holiday season, while we continue to work towards helping QAIA reach its full potential as Jordan’s prime gateway to the world.”