2022 passenger volume through QAIA marks 71% increase

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AMMAN — Despite not reaching pre-pandemic levels, the Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) marked in 2022 a 71.9 percent traffic increase from 2021, welcoming in 7.8 million passengers from around the world.اضافة اعلان

This increase, however, falls short by around 12.2 percent from 2019 figures, a press statement reported. 

In 2022, QAIA received 68,325 aircraft movements, a 46.6 percent increase from 2021, yet 14.3 percent lower than in 2019. Regarding cargo, QAIA handled 61,290 tonnes of cargo, indicating a 5.2 percent increase from 2021 and a 40.2 percent decrease from 2019 figures.

New destinationsThe Airport International Group continued to work closely with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Jordan Tourism Board to expand its airline and destination networks and promote the Kingdom’s tourist sites. 

Several direct routes were launched in 2022 from QAIA via its main airline partner and the Kingdom’s national carrier, Royal Jordanian. 

Meanwhile, partnerships with new airlines were also established, namely United Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Flyadeal, Vueling Airlines, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Wizz Air UK, and Alexandria Airlines, which operate direct routes to prime destinations worldwide. 

Forty-four airlines operated to 76 destinations via QAIA in 2022, growing their networks by 10 percent and 17 percent, respectively, compared to 2021.  

Environmental practices 
QAIA became the first airport in the Middle East and second in Asia-Pacific to achieve Level 4+ “Transition” of the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program granted by Airports Council International Asia-Pacific (valid until May 2025). 

The airport was also awarded the certificate following a rigorous review of its carbon management processes, which confirmed alignment with global climate goals to reach a net-zero carbon status by 2050. It also established a roadmap to reduce CO2 emissions from fuel and electricity consumption, noting the ongoing responsible compensation of residual CO2 emissions under its control — per the global airport industry’s response to climate change.

Concurrently, QAIA was acknowledged by ACI Asia-Pacific as one of only 12 airports in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific to obtain the Green Airports Recognition in 2022 for airports serving 5 to 15 million passengers. 

QAIA was also granted Gold recognition for its ongoing transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon future, focusing on its achievements in heating and cooling system improvements inside and outside the passenger terminal. 

Customer servicesQAIA became the first airport in the Middle East to achieve Level 3 of the Airport Customer Experience Accreditation (ACEA) issued by ACI World. 

The airport also became one of eight airports in the Middle East and 61 globally to have received an ACEA. 

The Airport International Group also renewed company-wide ISO certifications relating to Quality (ISO 9001), Environment (ISO 14001), Occupational Health and Safety (ISO 45001), and Complaints Handling (ISO 10002) Management Systems. 

Vocational trainingActivities under the Airport International Group Foundation (AIGF), the executive arm of Airport International Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities, supported Al Jizah, the local community in which the airport is located. 

To date, 71 young men and women have graduated from the various vocational courses AIGF conducts at its “Hirfati” Training Center. 

Courses in the training center included tailoring, cooking, hairdressing, photography, hybrid car maintenance, sustainable agriculture, web design, e-marketing, ICDL, and intermediate English. The foundation also offered children’s football training at an AIGF-renovated field and also planted 1,000 fruit trees in Al-Jizah in collaboration with the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature. 

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