Queen Alia airport starts operations from new terminal
Amman, March 23, 2013
Airport International Group (AIG) – the Jordanian consortium responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of the Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) – officially launched its operations at the new QAIA terminal starting from Thursday following an eight-hour overnight transfer that took place the prior evening.
The transfer began Wednesday nightAirport International Group (AIG) – the Jordanian consortium responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of the Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) – officially launched its operations at the new QAIA terminal starting from Thursday following an eight-hour overnight transfer that took place the prior evening. (March 20) with the evacuation of the old QAIA terminals and the relocation of all passengers and staff to the new airport.
Upon evacuation, road access to the old terminals was gradually closed, ensuring that all future traffic is directed to Jordan’s landmark airport.
The critical process involved strict synchronization between Security, Operations, Maintenance and the EPC contractor. It also encompassed the careful coordination of 4,000 staff, 30 concessionaires, 25 airlines, eight state authorities, six car rental companies and four new car parks, making it one of the largest undertakings in the history of the airport.
The transfer process ended when the old terminals’ last flight, Dubai-bound Fly Dubai, took off at 10:15pm on Wednesday evening, and the new terminal’s first official flight, inbound RJ, landed shortly after at 11pm.
The new airport underwent intense testing for operational readiness prior to the transfer, thus ensuring smooth system integration and flow, said the AIG in its statement.
"The official launch of the new Queen Alia International Airport terminal marks an important chapter in Jordan’s aviation industry and economic development," remarked CEO Kjeld Binge.
"With its advanced capabilities, the airport will play a major role in placing Jordan on the map as an ideal choice for leisure and business travelers, as well as a convenient transfer hub, bolstering the kingdom’s tourism and business traffic," he added.
The new 100,000 sq m building boasts of vastly improved infrastructure and cutting-edge facilities that are capable of catering to the steady surge in Jordan’s passenger traffic, catapulting QAIA’s annual capacity from 3.5 million passengers to 9 million passengers, and later on to 12 million passengers.
The Kingdom’s newest terminal is set to introduce an exceptional traveler experience and is equipped with the latest technologies and automation systems to maximize efficiency, security and service quality.
It features a larger check-in area, clearly marked signage, modern flight information monitors, comfortable seating, a larger duty-free area and a wider variety of food and beverage outlets, among other greatly enhanced features.-TradeArabia News Service