A new state-of-the-art terminal at Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) is set to open this month and is expected to almost triple the current airport capacity.
Beginning operations on March 21, the new terminal is worth an estimated US$750 million and will catapult the airport’s capacity to nine million annual passengers. The launch of the terminal is part of the Jordanian government’s drive to double tourism revenue to JD 4.2 billion (around £3.8 billion) by 2015.
The new building is designed to allow passengers easy access to the boarding lounge and shopping areas directly from the security checkpoint.
The Airport International Group (AIG), which financed the new terminal, has also additionally invested US$100 million on upgrading the existing terminals and improving passenger experience at QAIA. Improvements include increasing the size of check-in areas, the refurbishing of retail space and increasing the mix of duty-free shopping and food and beverage outlets at the airport. An upgrade of the baggage handling system and security checking will also be initiated.