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QAIA exceeds 6.5m passengers in 2013

By JT - Jan 25,2014 - Last updated at Jan 25,2014

AMMAN — Airport International Group (AIG) — the Jordanian company responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) — announced Saturday in a press statement that QAIA’s 2013 annual traffic statistics showed robust growth across passenger and aircraft numbers.

“QAIA welcomed 478,245 passengers during December, an impressive 8.4 per cent increase compared with the same month in 2012. This boosted annual passenger traffic (PAX) by 4 per cent to settle at 6,502,323 PAX, marking over a quarter of a million passenger increase compared with last year’s results,” the press release said.

“Aircraft movements (ACM) in December 2013 also rose by 5.6 per cent over December 2012, recording 5,455 flights for the month and setting annual ACM up by 1.1 per cent to reach 67,959 ACM in total.”

QAIA kicked off its second expansion phase on January 20. Valued at over $100 million and scheduled to be completed in 2016, the expansion will help raise QAIA’s annual passenger capacity to up to 12 million, subsequently enabling Jordan to better serve as a regional transit hub for leisure and business travel, and supporting the Kingdom’s national tourism strategy goals. 

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