By Courtney Trenwith
Jordan’s largest airport increases passenger numbers to 6.5m, still well below region’s main hubs
Jordan’s largest airport, Queen Alia International, saw a record 6.5m passengers during 2013, Airport International Group (AIG) announced on Saturday.
The figure grew by more than 250,000 passengers – or 4 percent – compared to a year earlier, with growth increasing each month to 8.4 percent in December.
The results showed greater load factors, with aircraft movements rising by only 1.1 percent to 67,959.
The QAIA, the hub for flag carrier Royal Jordanian Airlines, is in the second phase of its $100m expansion, which is due to be completed in 2016, raising annual passenger capacity to 12m.
AIG hopes the expansion will enable Jordan to become a regional transit hub for leisure and business travel, as well as support the kingdom’s key tourism industry.
However, the country’s air travel figures remain far below those of its neighbours, including Dubai International Airport, which saw more than 65m passengers in 2013, Abu Dhabi International Airport (more than 15m), King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh (about 15m) and Doha International Airport (about 12m).
This is a picture of the old terminal which is now demolished.