By Shane McGinley
Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport sees passenger numbers in July rise to nearly 600,000.
Queen Alia International Airport in Amman saw passenger numbers rise 13.8 percent in July, the company that operates Jordan’s largest airport said.
Airport International, who operates the airport and is managing its expansion plans, reported that 597,068 passengers passed through the airport in July, compared to 524,626 in July 2009, an annual rise of 13.8 percent.
The number of flights rose 8.1 percent to 6,134, while July saw the amount of cargo processed increase 24.6 percent to 8,502 tonnes.
“The summer and holiday seasons have significantly contributed to the increase in passenger volumes and aircraft movement during the month of July, adding the fact that Amman is steadily becoming a preferred regional hub for many airlines around the world,” Airport International said in a statement.
A two terminal airport, Queen Alia International Airport is situated 32km south of the Jordanian capital of Amman and is the home hub of Royal Jordanian Airlines, the national flag carrier.
Built in 1983, it is named after Queen Alia, the third wife of King Hussein of Jordan and currently in the midst of a multi-million dollar development programme.