By Staff writer
US$750m terminal expected to increase capacity at the airport to nearly 12m passengers a year.
Amman-based Royal Jordanian on Thursday will switch all of its arriving and departing flights to the new terminal at Queen Alia International Airport.
The US$750m terminal, designed by architect Foster + Partners, is expected to increase capacity at the airport by more than 60 percent to nearly 12m passengers a year.
Queen Alia’s upgraded terminal features new facilities including larger check-in areas and newly designed retail and dining outlets.
The old terminal at Queen Alia opened in 1983, with international tourism being a sizeable contributor to the Jordanian economy.
Though the total number of visitors to the country fell by 7.3 percent in 2012 to 6.3m, total receipts increased 15.3 percent in the year from 2011, adding US$3.47bn to the economy, according to official government figures.
The kingdom aims to increase tourism revenue to JD4.2bn annually by 2015.