Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in Jordan has reported an 11.52% rise in passenger traffic during May 2013, marking a rise for the fifth consecutive month of the year, according to airport operator Airport International Group (AIG).
During the month, the airport handled 534,898 passengers, compared to the 479,656 served during the corresponding period in 2012.
The airport reported a 5.83% rise in year-to-date passenger traffic, bringing the overall passengers handled during the period to 2.5 million over the 2.4 million passengers handled during 2012.
AIG CEO Kjeld Binger said that at its initial capacity, the new QAIA terminal is equipped to annually accommodate 7 million passengers.
"However, upon the demolition of the old terminals and the completion of the next expansion phase our passenger capacity will jump to nine million passengers per year, enabling us to absorb forecasted traffic," Binger said.
"We expect to experience continued growth in the upcoming few months, particularly during the busy summer season ahead."
Aircraft movements at QAIA increased 2.88% during the period to 5,755, compared to the 5,594 aircraft served during the corresponding period in 2012.
Year-to-date aircraft movements rose by 2.27% to 27,176 compared to the 26,574 aircraft movements during May 2012.
QAIA started operating its new $750m terminal in late March 2013, which is built as part of a first phase expansion project, and features seven new contact stands, as well as a temporary remote boarding lounge with six gates that allow handling nine million passengers per year.
Spanning over 100,000m², the new facility also features the latest technology and equipment that enable rapid passenger flow, while maintaining safety and security standards.
Image: Queen Alia International Airport served 534,898 passengers during May 2013.