Jordan seeks 30-year deal for QAIA expansion

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AMMAN – On Sunday, the government formally presented a draft law to the House of Representatives concerning ratifying the sixth amended agreement governing the rehabilitation, expansion, and operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in collaboration with the Airport International Group (AIG). The proposed agreement is slated to endure for a minimum of 30 years.اضافة اعلان

In a letter dated March 7, Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh dispatched to the Speaker of the House, Ahmad Safadi, the government urged the House to expedite the consideration and enactment of the proposed legislation. The accord is envisioned to bolster Jordan's investment climate and sustain operational stability within the aviation and air cargo sector in compliance with Article 117 of the Jordanian Constitution, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

The agreement, forged between the government, represented by the Ministry of Transport (MoT), and the AIG, is poised to take effect upon its publication in the official gazette.

Signed initially on May 19, 2007, the agreement for the rehabilitation, expansion, and operation of QAIA has undergone five amendments in 2009, 2012 (twice), 2014, and 2021. The latest amendment revises section 3.1 of the agreement, establishing the initial duration at 30 years from the effective date, subject to extension and/or termination as delineated in the contract.

In a session convened last Wednesday, the Cabinet greenlit the draft law for ratifying the amended agreement, laying the groundwork for its referral to the Parliament for requisite approval procedures.

The proposed legislation underscores Jordan's commitment to fortifying its aviation infrastructure and fostering sustained growth in the sector. As the House deliberates on the draft law's enactment, the government anticipates the swift realization of objectives aimed at augmenting operational efficiency and bolstering Jordan's position as a regional aviation hub.

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