jordan-airport-expansionJordan’s Queen Alia International Airport was served by several new routes last year, while continued construction work will see the opening of new piers, according to the first annual report issued by Airport International Group (AIG), the company responsible for the airport’s expansion and operation.

Despite the global economic turmoil in 2009, Jordan’s principal airport recorded a 6.5 percent rise in passenger traffic, to 4,770,000 people, with 20 airlines expanding or adding new services, AIG announced in January. This growth came in a year when global airline passenger traffic dropped by 3.1 percent last year, according to the Civil Aviation Organisation.

“Queen Alia International Airport is building on its growth and significant achievement in 2009,” said Nazem Fawwaz Al Kudsi, Chairman of AIG. “In a period of global economic turbulence, Airport International Group was able to report significant advances in passenger traffic, operational excellence, service expansion; and progress in the construction of the new terminal.”

The rehabilitation and expansion works at the airport are well underway, with the new passenger terminal extending over 100,000 square meters. AIG, under the terms of a 25 year concession agreement with the Jordanian government, is responsible for the operation of the airport, the rehabilitation of existing facilities and the construction of the new terminal.

Mr. Curtis Grad, CEO of AIG said: “The past year has challenged our industry like no other, severely impacting traffic and profits worldwide. Fortunately, the Middle East has weathered this storm rather well and QAIA, in particular, has actually managed to post strong growth during this tumultuous period. In fact, 2009 was a record breaking year at QAIA.”

The 2009 annual report, entitled “Take Off” details the development of Queen Alia International Airport, including the progress in building the new passenger terminal, the growth in passenger and aircraft volumes, as well as the development and expansion of the routes network. It is available online and in downloadable Adobe Reader version on www.aig.aero/annualreport.

AIG is a Jordanian company with private shareholding by Invest AD (UAE), Noor Financial Investment Company (Kuwait), Edgo Group (Jordan), Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited (Cyprus), J&P-Avax (Greece) and Aéroports de Paris Management (France).