Queen Alia International Airport

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Queen Alia International Airport
مطار الملكة علياء الدولي
Matar al-Malikah 'Alya' ad-Dowaly
Queen Alia International Airport Terminal.jpg
AMM is located in Jordan
Location of airport in Jordan
Airport type Public
Owner AIG group
Operator Aéroports de Paris
Serves Amman
Location Zizya, Jordan
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 730 m / 2,395 ft
Coordinates 31°43′21″N 35°59′36″E / 31.72250°N 35.99333°E / 31.72250; 35.99333
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08R/26L 12,008 3,660 Concrete
08L/26R 12,008 3,660 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft Movements 67,959
Passengers 6,502,000 = http://www.qaiairport.com/en

Queen Alia International Airport (IATA: AMMICAO: 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 million for 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.[1]

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.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The new terminal building
Apron overview
Airlines Destinations Terminal / Hall
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens (begins 12 June 2014)[3] 2
Afriqiyah Airways Benghazi, Tripoli 2
Air Algerie Algiers 2
Air Arabia Sharjah 2
Air Arabia Egypt Alexandria-Borg el-Arab 2
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino 2
Arkia Israel Airlines Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 1
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna 2
British Airways London-Heathrow 2
easyJet London-Gatwick (ends 4 May 2014) 2
EgyptAir Cairo 2
Emirates Dubai 2
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 2
flydubai Dubai 2
Flynas Jeddah, Riyadh 2
Gulf Air Bahrain 1
Iraqi Airways Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah 2
Jazeera Airways Kuwait 2
Kuwait Airways Kuwait 2
Libyan Airlines Benghazi, Tripoli 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt 2
Middle East Airlines Beirut 2
Oman Air Muscat 2
Petra Airlines Charter: Ankara, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Hurghada, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Jeddah, Medina, Milan-Malpensa, Sharm El-Sheikh, Tripoli, Yerevan 2
Qatar Airways Doha 1
Royal Falcon Amman-Marka, Cairo, Jeddah, Medina, Mosul, Najaf 2
Royal Jordanian Abu Dhabi, Aden, Algiers, Amsterdam, Aqaba, Athens, Baghdad, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Basra, Beirut, Berlin-Tegel, Cairo, Chicago-O'Hare, Colombo (ends 1 May 2014), Delhi, Detroit, Doha, Dubai-International, Erbil, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul-Ataturk, Jeddah, Khartoum, Kiev-Boryspil, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Larnaca, London-Heathrow, Madinah, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa (ends 1 May 2014), Montréal-Trudeau, Moscow-Domodedovo, Mumbai, Munich, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Sana'a, Sharm el Sheikh, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tripoli, Tunis, Vienna, Zurich 1 & 2
Royal Wings Charter: Alexandria, Algiers, Antalya, Aqaba, Al Arish, Rhodes, Warsaw-Chopin 2
Saudia Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh 2
Sudan Airways Khartoum 2
Syrian Air Damascus 2
TAROM Bucharest 2
Transaero Airlines Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo[4] 2
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 2
UM Airlines Kiev-Boryspil 1
Yemenia Aden, Sana'a 2


Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Baku, Luxembourg
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha-Hamad
Royal Jordanian Cargo Aqaba, Beirut, Brussels, Istanbul-Ataturk, London-Stansted, Maastricht/Aachen, New York-JFK, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Saudia Cargo Riyadh
Turkish Airlines Cargo Beirut, Istanbul-Ataturk [5]


Passenger Numbers
Year Total passengers Growth
2002 2,334,779
2003 2,358,475 1.00%
2004 2,988,174 21.07%
2005 3,301,510 9.49%
2006 3,506,070 5.83%
2007 3,861,126[6] 9.20%
2008 4,477,811[6] 13.77%
2009 4,770,769[7] 6.14%
2010 5,422,301[8] 12.02%
2011 5,467,726[9] 0.83%
2012 6,250,048[10] 12.52%
Aircraft Movement
Year Total Aircraft Movements
2007 44,672
2008 51,314
2009 57,726
2010 62,863
2011 63,426
2012 [11] 67,190

Ground transport[edit]

Buses and taxis serve the airport all day (20 dinars to go to Amman).

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Queen Alia International Airport at Wikimedia Commons