Jordan’s largest air hub, Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), has commenced the second phase of its expansion project.
Scheduled for completion in 2016, the US$100m (£60m) project will help raise the airport’s annual passenger traffic to up to 12 million.
Minister of transport, Lina Shbeeb, said, “Despite regional circumstances which significantly impacted the aviation industry, we experienced increased passenger traffic thanks to Jordan’s robust security conditions on the regional and international levels. The enhancements that are currently being implemented should enable the airport to boost its capacity to 16 million passengers annually by the end of the concession timeframe in 2032.”
The airport’s management and development was awarded by the Jordan government to the Jordanian consortium, Airport International Group (AIG), in 2007 under a 25-year build-operate-transfer (BOT) concession agreement. The expansion has since been considered the country’s most important public private partnership (PPP) project.
AIG said the upgrade will help ensure the airport becomes a regional hub for leisure and business travel to support the country’s tourism strategy goals.
AIG chairman Nazem Al Kudsi, commented, “Since the new terminal’s launch, QAIA has been ranked, in terms of quality, among the world’s top 50 airports for service levels and passenger satisfaction.
"Furthermore, passengers voted QAIA among the 20 best airports in the
world within the group of airports serving five to 15 million passengers. QAIA also received Gold recognition
as ‘Best Emerging Market
Infrastructure Project for Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and
Government and airport officials unveiled a symbolic marble slate on
20 January to mark the second phase of expansion.
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