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Amman, February 2018 – Setting a new record for annual passenger traffic (PAX), Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) welcomed 7,914,704 passengers throughout the year 2017. According to figures released by Airport International Group, the Airport witnessed a 6.8% increase in PAX in comparison to the previous year. Meanwhile, aircraft movement (ACM) figures registered a marginal year-to-date (YTD) increase of 0.4% this past year, totaling 74,044 movements, while cargo traffic figures experienced an overall growth of 9.1%, settling at 110,416 tons.
In December 2017, QAIA welcomed 576,466 passengers, indicating a 7.0% year-on-year increase in comparison to the 538,866 passengers received in the same period of last year. QAIA also witnessed an 8.2% decrease in ACM, registering 5,467 ACM as opposed to 5,953 in December 2016. Moreover, QAIA recorded 10,312 tons of cargo in comparison to the 8,917 tons handled in the same period in 2017, signaling a notable year-on-year increase of 15.6%.
The figures for the past year have shown steady growth, particularly during the summer months and the Kingdom’s holiday and tourism seasons. In August, QAIA’s monthly passenger record was broken, registering a total of 938,427 passengers, the highest ever in the Airport’s 34 years.
“We are pleased to announce that this year’s overall figures have been pleasantly positive, which can be attributed to those pertaining to Doha, Cairo, Istanbul, Dubai, Ankara, Antalya, Alexandria and Baghdad. Meanwhile, 2017’s top destinations, which proved popular amongst passengers, included Dubai, Jeddah, Cairo, Doha, Kuwait, Riyadh, Istanbul, Beirut, Abu Dhabi and Baghdad said Airport International Group CEO, Kjeld Binger. “2017 as a whole has been an eventful year for Airport International Group, rife with various milestones, including the opening of the Northern Runway this past September, which we anticipate will have a positive impact on the Airport’s capacity and operational efficiency. This year also saw us celebrate our 10-year anniversary of winning the concession agreement for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of QAIA, a moment we are all proud of achieving. We look forward to more fruitful results, as we continue to work diligently towards seeing Jordan’s prime gateway assume its rightful place as a regional center for leisure and business travel, and a frontrunner in the world of aviation.”