- by Haneen Nofal
in Latest News
AMMAN — More than half-a-million passengers went through Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in February, according to statistics released by the Airport International Group (AIG) on Monday.
Exactly 593,427 travelled via QAIA in February, marking a 9.2 per cent increase in passenger movement from 2018.
The statistics, cited by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, showed an 8.6 per cent in aircraft in February, at 5,521 flights.
On the other hand, AIG statistics show a 4.7 per cent decline in cargo traffic, to 7,139 tonnes, for the same comparative duration.
Over the first two months of 2019, QAIA welcomed a total of 1,247,970 passengers, contributing to a 6.9 per cent hike in passenger movement compared to January and February last year.
In the same 2019 period, flight movements totalled at 11,584, marking a 7.7 per cent increase, while cargo movement went down by 9 per cent to 14,166 tonnes.
AIG CEO Kjeld Binger expressed happiness for exceeding the usual monthly rates, and achieving a new record in February.
He voiced his enthusiasm for the next months to continue achieving better results, according to Petra.
According to recent AIG figures, QAIA in 2018 welcomed 8,425,026 passengers, approximately 6.5 per cent more than it did in 2017.
A total of 76,889 flights went through QAIA last year, also registering an increase of 3.8 per cent, comparatively.
However, cargo traffic also experienced a 5.7 per cent decline in 2018, according to the figures.
In total, cargo traffic stood at 104,170 tonnes in 2018, AIG said.
The figures for 2018 showed steady growth, particularly during the summer months and the holiday seasons.
QAIA’s monthly passenger record was broken in August, when for the first time, it exceeded 1 million passengers in any one month.