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Queen Alia International Airport


Queen Alia International Airport

Queen Alia International Airport
مطار الملكة علياء الدولي
Matar Al-Malikah Alia Ad-Dowali


AMM is located in Jordan
Location of airport in Jordan
Airport type Public
Owner AIG group & Government of Jordan
Operator AIG Group
Serves Amman
Location Zizya, Jordan
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 730 m / 2,395 ft
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08R/26L 12,008 3,660 Concrete
08L/26R 12,008 3,660 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft movements 67,959
Passengers 7,089,000[1]

Queen Alia International Airport (ICAO: OJAI) (Arabic: مطار الملكة علياء الدولي‎; transliterated: Matar Al-Malikah Alia Ad-Dowali) is Jordan's main and largest airport and is located in Zizya 30 kilometres (20 mi) south of the capital city, Amman. Named after Queen Alia, third wife to the late King Hussein of Jordan, the airport is home to the country's national flag carrier, Royal Jordanian Airlines and serves as a major hub for Jordan Aviation, Royal Falcon and Royal Wings.

A state-of-the-art new terminal was inaugurated in March 2013 to replace the airport's older two passenger terminals and one cargo terminal.[2] The three original terminals were made obsolete once the new terminal officially began operations. In 2014, the new airport received the "Best Improvement by Region: Middle East" and "Best Airport by Region: Middle East" awards by the Airport Council International, the awards are given to the airports which achieved the highest customer satisfaction in the ASQ Survey.[3]


  • History 1
  • Terminal 2
  • Airport management 3
  • Airlines and destinations 4
    • Passenger 4.1
    • Cargo 4.2
  • Statistics 5
  • Awards 6
  • Access 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) was built in 1983[4] in response to the growing airport traffic needs that Amman Civil Airport could not accommodate. At the time, passenger traffic was increasing above the international average, recording 25–30% growth per annum and placing considerable pressure on airport facilities despite continuous expansion and development. In 1981, the number of arriving, departing and transit passengers exceeded 2.3 million, while cargo traffic reached 62,000 tons and aircraft traffic topped 27,000 movements.[5]

The Jordanian Ministry of Transport undertook to build a new international airport with sufficient capacity to cope with demand in the foreseeable future. QAIA was built at an estimated total cost of JOD 84 million. Passenger facilities were designed to serve 3.5 million passengers per annum.[5]

QAIA has since grown to become the kingdom's primary international gateway and a stop-over for international airlines in the Middle East. By 2012, QAIA was serving on average more than 6 million passengers and 40 airlines from around the world.[5]

In 2007 the Government of Jordan selected Airport International Group (AIG) through an open tender to operate, rehabilitate and manage QAIA under a 25-year concession agreement. In response to the continual surge in passenger traffic at the time, AIG was also placed in charge of constructing a new terminal, one which not only would expand the airport's then insufficient annual capacity of 3.5 million passengers, but that would also introduce a "unique travel experience" to help advance QAIA's position as a niche transit hub in the region.[6][7][8]

Accordingly, AIG invested an estimated USD 750 million in the construction of the new terminal.[9]

The new terminal is also equipped to accommodate rising annual passenger traffic, taking the original airport capacity from 3.5 million passengers per year to 7 million.

Inaugurated on 14 March 2013, by King Abdullah II,[8] the new airport was officially launched following an overnight operational transfer. The last flight departed from the old terminal at 10:05 pm on 20 March 2013, upon which all operations were shifted to the new terminal, where its first flight departed at 2:30 am on 21 March 2013.[10]

On 20 January 2014, AIG launched the second phase of QAIA's expansion, valued at a total cost of over USD 100 million. Scheduled to be completed in 2016, the second expansion phase will raise QAIA's annual passenger traffic capacity to up to 12 million, subsequently supporting the Jordan's national tourism strategy goals to serve as a regional transit hub for leisure and business travel. The aims to boost its capacity to 16 million passengers annually by the end of the concession time frame in 2032.[11]


The new terminal building

QAIA's new design was created by architects Foster + Partners.[12] Its main characteristic is the roof that was inspired by Bedouin tents and is composed of 127 concrete domes, each weighing up to 600 metric tonnes.[13]

Apron overview

The airport has two lounges, one operated by Royal Jordanian for business and first class passengers, and the other exclusively run by telecom operator Zain Jordan for its VIP customers. Retail space was expanded by 25% at the new terminal, covering more than 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft). The terminal houses several international food and beverage venues that include restaurants, supermarkets and a nuts roastery; a larger Duty Free area; a children's play area; additional shopping outlets; and internet connectivity.

Airport management

The new airport

Airport International Group (AIG) is a Jordanian company formed to rehabilitate, expand and operate Queen Alia International Airport under a 25-year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concession agreement.[6] The concession was awarded to AIG in 2007 by the Government of Jordan after an open international tender that was overseen by the International Finance Corporation (World Bank) within its capacity as advisor to the Government. AIG's shareholders include Jordanian, Persian Gulf, and European partners. Shareholders include Invest AD, Noor Financial Investments Co., Edgo Group, J&P (Overseas) Ltd., and Aeroports de Paris Management.

Through the BOT Public-Private Partnership framework, the Government retains ownership of the airport and receives 54.47% of the airport's gross revenues for the first six years, and 54.64% of the gross revenues for the remaining 19 years of the agreement's 25-year term.[14]

As part of its public-private partnership (PPP) with the Government of Jordan, AIG closely collaborates with the Government on a day-to-day basis on all issues related to the airport. A dedicated project management unit (PMU) within the Jordanian Ministry of Transport oversees the project for the Government. The Ministry of Transport receives full annual financial statements as well as quarterly financial and operational reports.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens[15]
Air Algerie Algiers
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Arabia Egypt Alexandria-Borg el-Arab
Air Arabia Jordan Dammam,[16] Erbil, Jeddah, Kuwait, Sharm el-Sheikh[17]
Air Cairo Sohag
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
Arkia Israel Airlines Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Austrian Airlines Vienna[18]
British Airways London-Heathrow
EgyptAir Cairo
Emirates Dubai-International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
flydubai Dubai-Al Maktoum,[19] Dubai-International
Flynas Jeddah, Riyadh
Gulf Air Bahrain
Iraqi Airways Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah
Jazeera Airways Kuwait
Jordan Aviation Bahrain
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Oman Air Muscat
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Falcon Cairo, Erbil, Najaf
Royal Wings Charter: Algiers, Antalya, Aqaba, Al Arish, Rhodes, Warsaw-Chopin
Royal Jordanian Abu Dhabi, Aden (Suspended), Algiers, Amsterdam, Ankara (begins 26 November 2015),[20] Aqaba, Athens, Baghdad, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Basra, Beirut, Berlin-Tegel, Cairo, Chicago-O'Hare, Dammam, Detroit, Doha, Dubai-International, Erbil, Frankfurt, Geneva, Guangzhou (begins 2 December 2015),[21] Hong Kong, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta (resumes 2 December 2015),[21] Jeddah, Khartoum, Kiev-Boryspil, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Larnaca, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Medina, Montréal-Trudeau, Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich, Najaf,[22] New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Sana'a (Suspended), Sharm el-Sheikh, Sulaymaniyah, Tabuk,[23] Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tunis, Vienna, Zürich
Saudia Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh
Syrian Air Damascus
TAROM Bucharest
Transaero Airlines Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo[24]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
UM Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
Seasonal: Kharkiv
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
Yemenia Aden (Suspended), Sana'a (Suspended)
Zagrosjet Erbil


Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Hong Kong, Istanbul-Atatürk, Luxembourg
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha
Royal Jordanian Cargo Aqaba, Beirut, Brussels, Istanbul-Atatürk, London-Stansted, Maastricht/Aachen, New York-JFK, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Saudia Cargo Riyadh
Turkish Airlines Cargo Beirut, Istanbul-Atatürk[25]


Passenger Numbers
Year Total passengers Growth
2002 2,334,779
2003 2,358,475 1.00%
2004 2,988,174 21.07%
2005 3,301,510 9.49%
2006 3,506,070 5.83%
2007 3,861,126[26] 9.20%
2008 4,477,811[26] 13.77%
2009 4,770,769[27] 6.14%
2010 5,422,301[28] 12.02%
2011 5,467,726[29] 0.83%
2012 6,250,048[30] 12.52%
2013 6,502,000[31] 4%
2014 7,089,008[32] 9%
Aircraft movement
Year Total Aircraft movements
2007 44,672
2008 51,314
2009 57,726
2010 62,863
2011 63,426
2012[33] 67,190
2014[32] 73,125


The global Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Survey for Q1 2014 ranked QAIA at first place in 18 different service and facility categories from among 10 airports across the Middle East. QAIA also came in at 13th place from amongst 81 airports worldwide within the group of airports serving 5-15 million passengers and recorded an Overall Satisfaction Score of 4.42 out of a possible 5.0, an improvement compared to its 4.23 score in Q4 2013. With regards to luggage delivery speed, QAIA earned a 4.13 score, up from 3.99 during the previous quarter.

QAIA also received two 2013 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards[34] in February 2014, ranking at 1st place in the category of "Best Improvement by Region: Middle East" and 5th in the category of "Best Airport by Region: Middle East". The ASQ Awards results are based on the ASQ Survey, an international airport passenger satisfaction benchmark program.[35] In the 2014 version of the wards, QAIA again received the "Best Improvement In the Middle east region" award and leaped forward to become the best airport in the middle east, ahead of Abu Dhabi International Airport, Ben Gurion International Airport, Hamad International Airport and Dubai International Airport.[36]

In March 2013, QAIA was named one of the world's top 40

  • Official website
  • Airport information for OJAI at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  • Airport information for OJAI at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  • Current weather for OJAI at NOAA/NWS
  • Accident history for AMM at Aviation Safety Network

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

External links

  1. ^ "Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA)". Retrieved 23 May 2,014. 
  2. ^ Ghazal, Mohammad (14 March 2013). "King Abdullah Opens New Queen Alia Airport Terminal". The Jordan Times (Amman, Jordan: Jordan Press Foundation). Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Middle East". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Arab Passengers' Airlines Framework and Performance" (PDF). Economic Research Forum. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Tribute to King Abdullah II of Jordan – Celebrating 15 Years of Leadership, "Celebrating 30 Years of Queen Alia International Airport". 
  6. ^ a b "QAIA Project". Airport International Group. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Queen Alia International Airport Takes Jordan's Aviation Industry to New Horizons" (Press release). Amman, Jordan: Airport International Group. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Maslen, Richard (27 March 2013). "New Terminal Opening Boosts Queen Alia Airport's Capacity". Routesonline (Manchester, United Kingdom: UBM Information Ltd). Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "AIG Makes Substantial Headway in the Renovations of QAIA's Warehouses" (Press release). Amman, Jordan: Airport International Group. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "New QAIA Terminal Officially Launches Full Operations" (Press release). Amman, Jordan: Airport International Group. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Queen Alia International Commences Second Phase of US$100m Expansion Project". Passenger Terminal Today.Com. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Official Opening of Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan" (Press release). Amman, Jordan: Foster + Partners. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Dalgamouni, Rand (9 March 2013). "New QAIA Terminal Gears Up for Opening Day". The Jordan Times (Amman, Jordan: Jordan Press Foundation). Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Queen Alia International Airport Project, Jordan" (PDF). Norton Rose Fulbright. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Timetables". Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Air Arabia Jordan Begins Operation from late-May 2015". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  18. ^ Tyrolean Airways to merge with Austrian Airlines
  19. ^ "flydubai to add new operations from DWC".  
  20. ^ "Royal Jordanian Plans to Resume Ankara Service from late-Oct 2015". 8 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "Royal Jordanian East Asia Network Changes from Dec 2015". 7 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  22. ^ "Royal Jordan Adds Najaf Service from mid-June 2015". 8 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  23. ^
  24. ^ ТРАНСАЭРО" ВОЗОБНОВЛЯЕТ ПРЯМОЙ РЕЙС В ИОРДАНИЮ""". АвиаПорт.Ru. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  25. ^ Turkish Airlines Cargo Winter Schedule
  26. ^ a b Airport International Group reports significant growth in QAIA traffic for 2008 | Airport International Group (AIG) |
  27. ^ [4]
  28. ^
  29. ^ [5]
  30. ^ August Brings New Records to QAIA with 23.76% Increase in Passengers | Airport International Group
  31. ^ "Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA)". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  32. ^ a b "خبرني : أسواق : مطار الملكة علياء يستقبل 7 ملايين مسافر بـ 2014". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  33. ^ [6]
  34. ^ "About the ASQ Awards". Airports Council International. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  35. ^ "1st place for QAIA: Jordan Secures Service Quality Awards for Excellence in Customer Service" (Press release). Amman, Jordan: Airport International Group. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  36. ^ "Current Winners". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  37. ^ a b "QAIA Receives 'Gold' Recognition as Best Emerging Market Infrastructure Project" (Press release). Amman, Jordan: Airport International Group. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  38. ^ "QAIA Receives Airport Carbon Accreditation" (Press release). Amman, Jordan: Zawya. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 


See also

A shuttle bus is available to transport passengers between the terminal and car park.

  • Departure curbside area: Reserved for passenger drop-offs and pick-ups, drivers entering the departure curbside must purchase a ticket to enter. Drivers receive a 10-minute free-of-charge grace period.
  • Short-term parking lot: Cars parked in this area are subject to an hourly parking fee.
  • Long-term parking lot: Designed for passengers who wish to leave their vehicles at the airport while travelling, the long-term lot charges drivers daily parking fees.

QAIA's parking facilities are divided into three key areas:

An airport taxi service is also available around the clock. A Rent-a-Car service is also available at the airport.

The airport is connected to Amman by Sariyah shuttle buses that ply back and forth around the clock between Amman and the airport every 30 minutes.


In June 2013, QAIA became the second airport in the Middle East to achieve the "Mapping" level of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program run by Airports Council International Europe. The 'Mapping' level recognizes the airport's commitment to determining its carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emission sources at its operational boundary, as well as to engaging a third party to verify the airport's annual carbon footprint.[38]


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