Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), operated by Airport International Group in Jordan, handled nearly seven million passengers in 2014, marking an increase of 9% when compared with the same period in previous year.

QAIA recorded 73,125 year-to-date aircraft movements, up 7.6% since the beginning of 2014 and up until December.

The increase in annual traffic was driven by growth at Jordan airport in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft movements over 12 months.

"The overall growth experienced during 2014 is attributed to strong traffic performance during peak holiday seasons."

According to the figures released, the aircraft movements at the airport in December decreased to 5,439 from 5,455 in 2013.

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QAIA served 497,824 passengers during December, up 4.1% compared with the same period a year earlier.

Airport International Group CEO Kjeld Binger said: "The overall growth experienced during 2014 is attributed to strong traffic performance during peak holiday seasons.

"During 2014, QAIA achieved several firsts in the airport’s history by exceeding 500,000 monthly passengers in January and February, 600,000 monthly passengers in April and May, 700,000 monthly passengers in August and 600,000 monthly passengers in September, as opposed to the same months during 2013.

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"We particularly look forward to the completion of the second QAIA expansion phase that is currently underway, as it will enable Jordan’s prime gateway to further boost its annual traffic capacity to 12 million after 2016, and to 16 million by 2032."

The growth was mainly led by an increase in expatriate, tourism and Umrah travellers visiting the GCC, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq.