Jordan’s largest airport, Queen Alia International Airport, handled 14 percent more passenger traffic in 2010 compared to the previous year.
Passenger traffic rose to a record 5.43 million from 4.77 million in 2009, Airport International Group, the company responsible for the expansion of the airport, said in a statement on its website. The number of planes that landed and took off from the airport increased 8.8 percent to 62,900 from 57,800 in 2009, it said. Cargo registered an 11.8 percent expansion to 90,200 metric tons last year.
“Queen Alia International Airport now ranks as one of the fastest growing airports in the region in terms of passenger volumes, as well as flight activity,” Airport International Chief Executive Officer Curtis Grad said in the statement.
The $750 million rehabilitation and expansion of the airport is “well underway,” including the construction of a 100,000 square-meter (1.1 million square-foot) passenger terminal, he said.
Airport International is a Jordanian company with private shareholders including Invest AD from the United Arab Emirates, Noor Financial Investment Co. from Kuwait, Aeroports de Paris Management from France, J&P-Avax SA from Greece, Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Ltd. from Cyprus and Edgo Group from Jordan, the statement said.