Queen Alia International Airport
|Queen Alia International Airport
مطار الملكة علياء الدولي
Matar al-Malikah 'Alya' ad-Dowaly
|IATA: AMM – ICAO: OJAI
|Operator||Aéroports de Paris|
|Elevation AMSL||730 m / 2,395 ft|
Queen Alia International Airport (IATA: AMM, ICAO: OJAI) (Arabic: مطار الملكة علياء الدولي; transliterated: Matar al-Malikah 'Alya' ad-Dowaly) is Jordan's largest airport; it is in the Zizya (زيزياء) area, 20 miles (32 km) south of Amman. The airport has three terminals: two passenger terminals and one cargo. It is the main hub of Royal Jordanian Airlines, the national flag carrier, as well as being a major hub for Jordan Aviation. It was built in 1983 and is named after Queen Alia, the third wife of the late King Hussein who died in a helicopter crash in 1977. A new terminal was inaugurated on March 2013.
The future expansion of the airport reached financial close on 15 November 2007. Airport International Group (AIG) is investing a $750 million on new terminal and additional $100 millionnfor the rehabilitation of existing terminals. The project is a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis transaction involving a 25-year contract for a rehabilitation, expansion and operation agreement (“REOA” or “Concession” Agreement). Under the terms of the REOA with the government, the investor (AIG)is responsible for the rehabilitation of the existing terminal, development of a new terminal designed by Foster + Partners. The new terminal under construction is expected to increase passenger capacity to 9 million annually in phase one and 12 million annually in phase 2. The rehabilitation and expansion work is being implemented by AIG, a Jordanian consortium of companies, which has gathered regional investors and international experts in construction and airport operations to fulfill its mandate as granted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: to manage and redevelop Jordan’s premier gateway.
The airport expansion plan was part of a drive to position Jordan as a niche hub. Once it is completed, Queen Alia International Airport should be able to handle nearly three times its capacity.
The landscape is rapidly transforming with construction and rehabilitation works already completed. The new terminal, 92% complete in October 2012, is visibly taking shape and visitors can see the new terminal emerging amidst QAIA's existing twin-terminal facilities. Installation of the sculptured domed roof sections is mostly completed, giving the new terminal its distinctive architectural form. The new iconic terminal — inspired by Bedouin tents — is designed by renowned architect Sir Norman Foster. It is composed of 127 concrete domes, each weighing up to 600 tonnes.
The last flight departed from the old terminal at 10.05pm on 20 March 2013. All operations were shifted to the new terminal where the first flight departed at 2.30am on 21 March 2013. The old terminal was officially closed and will be stripped for it to be demolished; further expansion works on the new terminal are scheduled to be complete by 2014.
The airport has two lounges as of January 2010, one belonging to Royal Jordanian while the other is operated by the Four Seasons hotel chain. The Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge is accessible by Crown Class passengers and any passengers traveling on first or business class out of or to Queen Alia International Airport. The Four Seasons lounge is located downstairs in Terminal 1.
Airlines and destinations
|Qatar Airways Cargo||Doha|
|Royal Jordanian Cargo||Aqaba, Beirut, Brussels, Istanbul-Ataturk, London-Stansted, Maastricht/Aachen, New York-JFK, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion|
|Turkish Airlines Cargo||Beirut, Istanbul-Ataturk |
|Year||Total Aircraft Movements|
The first quarter after the opening of the new terminal (Q2 2013), QAIA ranking jumped 142 spots from 186th place to 44th according to the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Survey.
Buses and taxis serve the airport all day (20 dinars to go to Amman).
- جريدة الغد -سوق ومال - 20 آذار المقبل افتتاح مبنى المسافرين الجديد في المطار
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- Turkish Airlines Cargo Winter Schedule
- Airport International Group reports significant growth in QAIA traffic for 2008 | Airport International Group (AIG) | AMEinfo.com
- August Brings New Records to QAIA with 23.76% Increase in Passengers | Airport International Group
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