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AMMAN — Airport International Group (AIG) revealed that Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) welcomed 1,233,484 passengers (PAX) during the first half of 2021, marking a 20.9 per cent and 70.3 per cent decline against 2020 and 2019 figures, respectively.
Meanwhile, QAIA witnessed 15,210 aircraft movements (ACM), 6.7 per cent and 60.0 per cent less than the figures registered during the same periods in 2020 and 2019, respectively, according to an AIG statement.
As for year-to-date cargo figures, QAIA handled 24,316 tonnes, noting a 9.3 per cent and 50.3 per cent drop compared with 2020 and 2019 figures, respectively.
Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and evolving travel requirements, QAIA received 389,321 PAX in June — the highest monthly figure recorded this year — demonstrating a 53.5 per cent decrease against 2019 figures.
Moreover, QAIA witnessed 3,949 ACM, indicating a 47.3 per cent drop as opposed to 2019 figures. QAIA also handled 5,748 tonnes of cargo, recording a 29.2 per cent decrease as opposed to 2019 figures.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we have been working diligently with the government of Jordan and our partners and stakeholders to ensure QAIA remains a safe and welcoming airport for both our passengers and employees. With the summer season under way, we are excited to see Jordan being promoted as a popular tourist destination, especially as local restrictions are gradually lifted, sectors and activities are reopened and passenger confidence in air travel is regained. Given the vital socioeconomic impact of QAIA as the Kingdom’s prime gateway to the world, we are eager to see it swiftly and safely return to its pre-COVID activity levels,” commented Airport International Group CEO, Nicolas Claude.