(MENAFN Press) Amman, December 2013 “ Airport International Group (AIG) reported a robust 14.1% increase in passenger traffic (PAX) at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), bringing the total of passengers handled during October this year to 600,855 PAX compared to 526,584 PAX of the same month in 2012. AIG, the Jordanian company responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of QAIA, also revealed that year-to-date (YTD) passenger numbers rose by a healthy 4.05% to reach 5,570,634 PAX in comparison to 5,353,776 PAX in October 2012.
Likewise, aircraft movements (ACM) this October registered positive growth with a 6.26% increase to reach 6,078 ACM as opposed to the 5,720 ACM witnessed during the same month in 2012. Meanwhile, YTD ACM recorded a marginal 0.83% increase in October 2013, counting 57,252 ACM in comparison to 56,783 ACM over the same period of 2012.
"Driving October's results this year were several factors, the most prominent of which was the concentration of from/to traffic for the Hajj pilgrimage and Eid Al Adha holiday season into a single month, whereas in the previous year it had been distributed across two months," said Kjeld Binger, CEO of AIG. "In order to cater to QAIA passenger demand during the season, Jordan's national carrier, RJ, and a number of other airlines collaborated to operate a total of 80 extra flights, while Jordanian carriers alone operated an additional 50 charter flights."