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QAIA’s passenger figures lag in May

By JT - Jul 11,2019 - Last updated at Jul 11,2019

Passenger and cargo figures at Queen Alia International Airport dipped in May as Airport International Group attributed the fall to the slower pace normally expected during Ramadan (Photo courtesy of AIG)

AMMAN — Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) received 583,662 passengers in May; a 3.8 per cent drop compared with the same month last year, according to an Airport International Group (AIG) statement. 

The airport also saw drops in aircraft movements and cargo flow in May, the statement added.

“The numbers recorded at QAIA throughout the first five months of the year were generally positive, despite the marginal decline in our results for May, which were mainly due to the slower pace normally expected during the holy month of Ramadan. Nonetheless, we anticipate promising figures for the upcoming few months, particularly with the summer holidays in full swing,” AIG CEO Kjeld Binger said in the statement.

QAIA recorded 6,061 aircraft movements and 9,243 tonnes of cargo during May, signifying a 2.8 per cent and 2.5 per cent decline, respectively, AIG said.

Between January and May of this year, QAIA received 3,312,232 passengers, marking a 5.2 per cent increase in year-to-date figures, in comparison with the first five months of 2018.

The airport’s aircraft movements number is still positive with a 4.6 per cent year-to-date figure between January and May, whereas cargo movement has decreased by 6.6 per cent to settle at 40,830 tonnes, compared with the same period last year. 

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