Jordan's Queen Alia Airport breaks record in July

Number of people using the airport rises above 600,000 for first time.
NEWS, Aviation


Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport experienced a record month for passenger traffic in July 2011, with the number of people using the airport rising above 600,000 for the first time ever.

The 5.2 percent rise in passenger numbers from a year earlier suggests that people are confident about travelling to the region, following a slight dip in travel at the beginning of the year, according to Airport International Group (AIG), the Jordanian company operating and developing the airport.

Last month, 628,000 passengers used Queen Alia International Airport, compared to the previous monthly high of 597,000 set in July 2010.

The routes that saw the biggest increases in passenger numbers were Madinah, up 130 percent, Sharm El Sheikh, 67 percent higher, and Rome, up 45 percent. Jordanians also appear to be travelling more, with departures rising nearly 12 percent from a year earlier.

AIG is investing US$800 million in a state-of-the-art terminal, which is due to open next year, to accommodate the rapid increase in passenger numbers and expected growth in coming years.

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