Red tape delays Jordanian cargo airport

Government committee still to meet to discuss location for South Shuneh airport project.
A session of the Jordanian parliament, which has been tasked with finding a location for the new airport. Courtesy of AFP/Getty.
A session of the Jordanian parliament, which has been tasked with finding a location for the new airport. Courtesy of AFP/Getty.

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The committee that was formed by the Jordanian legislature to decide the location for the South Shuneh Airport has not yet convened to settle on a date for a visit or establish the identity of the personnel who will be going on the visit, says a local official.

The US$28.3 million facility, which will freight mainly agricultural produce, has been delayed due to concerns raised by local farmers, who state that the original location for the project is one of the most fertile sites in the area.

While the decision to form the committee was made at the beginning of March, it has not met yet due to the busy schedule of its chairman, house speaker Abdul Hadi Majali.

“We will not decide when to conduct the visit or who the experts are that we need to consult until we hold the first meeting early next week,” said house second deputy speaker Tayseer Shdeifat, who was speaking to the Jordan Times.

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