Queen Alia International Airport

Located 35 kilometers from the capital Amman, Queen Alia International Airport was established in 1983 and was named in honour of the late Queen Alia Al-Hussein, who died in a helicopter accident in 1978. The main airport in Jordan since 1963 was Amman National airport in Marka, which is now the main operation centre for Royal Wings, a leading company in Jordan for charter flights.

Queen Alia International AirportQueen Alia Airport has been named the best airport in the region, and won third place for its size worldwide by the Airport Council International (ACI) based on the results of the 2016 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Survey in terms of passenger satisfaction and quality of service. It extends across 19 million square meters, includes two parallel runways of 3,660 meters in length and 61 meters in width, with a separation of 1,446 square meters.

On May 19, 2007, the government of Jordan signed a US$ 700 million agreement with the AIG (Airport International Group) to rehabilitate, operate and expand Queen Alia International Airport in what was described as Jordan’s largest-ever BOT agreement. Under the 25-year-old concession agreement, AIG would be responsible for all aspects of the operation of the airport, transforming it into a world-class airport that adheres to international standards.

The announcement of the expansion of the airport coincided with a sharp increase in the number of arrivals to the airport which is partly due to the boom in the tourism industry in Jordan which saw a 50 % rise in tourists year-on-year compared to 2006. With Petra being recognized as one of the new Seven Wondersof the World, there was a marked increase in interest by visitors the world over to visit the major tourist attractions of Jordan.

Norman Foster + Partners were the architects chosen to design the new state of the art airport, Which was inaugurated by King Abdullah II in March 2013.

Groupe ADP, signed a contract on December 22, 2017, to take control of Airport International Group (AIG), the concessionaire at Amman Queen Alia International Airport, for US$267 million.

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