Queen Alia International Airport Takes Jordan’s Aviation Industry to New Horizons

Monday, November 14, 2011

On November 15th Airport International Group will mark its fourth anniversary since assuming responsibility for the rehabilitation, expansion, and operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA).

Through a successful public-private partnership, AIG has worked closely with the government to deliver a top-tier airport facility that reflects Jordan's rapid development in the economic and tourism sectors. In the coming years, enhancements to the airport will continue as AIG seeks to create a unique travel experience for passengers coming through Jordan.

Over the past four years, QAIA has witnessed tremendous progress towards the goal of transforming QAIA into a truly world-class facility. A new state-of-the-art terminal is rapidly taking shape, with over 70% of the construction work completed. Recently the sculpted domed roof sections - inspired by the shape of Jordan's traditional Bedouin tents - were installed, giving the new terminal its distinctive architectural form.

According to airport statistics in 2011, passenger numbers have held strong at the same time as some other airports in the region have seen declines. June passenger numbers were up 3.4% on-year to over 500,000 passengers, and the first six months cumulatively saw 1.4% growth in passenger traffic. Quarters one through three of 2011 (January through September) saw passenger traffic exceed four million.

The first phase of the new terminal project will be completed in 2012, with airport capacity lifted to 7 million passengers per annum from its current capacity of 3.5 million. AIG will continue to enhance and expand the airport in accordance with the demand, gradually increasing passenger capacity toward the 12 million passengers per year. The new terminal is designed to allow passengers to proceed rapidly from the security and shopping areas to the gates.

Looking ahead, the new iconic terminal will play a key role in Jordan's plans to emerge in the near-future as a major regional travel hub. AIG believes that investment in the airport will lead to overall economic growth in the Kingdom and support the government's goal of doubling the 2010 tourism revenues of 2.4 billion by 2015.