124 percent increase in passenger traffic at Aqaba port

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AQABA  — Passenger traffic through the port of Aqaba increased by 124 percent up to the third quarter of this year, from the same nine month period last year, as a result of the gradual return to work of the Portof Aqaba.اضافة اعلان

In a statement to the Jordan News Agency, Petra on Tuesday, the secretary-general of the Jordan Navigation Syndicate, Muhammad Al-Dalabeeh, said that the movement of passengers recorded a remarkable increase in nine months, indicating that the number of passengers reached 133,000 passengers up to September, compared to 59,000 passengers for the same period last year.

The number of ships coming in to the port of Aqaba increased by about 13 percent up to September. In the first nine months of the year, 1,339 ships arrived at the port of Aqaba, compared to just 1,180 ships for the same period last year.

Dalabeeh confirmed an increase in the number of vehicles coming to the port via Roll-on/roll-off ships, which reached 9,425 vehicles in the first nine months of the year, a 7.3 percent increase from the same period last year.

He pointed out that container movement at the port declined by 10.5 percent up to September to reach about 567,000 containers compared to the same period last year, due to the rise in freight charges and the drop in imports, in addition to the scarcity of empty containers for export.

Dalabih said that cruise ships recorded only slight movement this year due to the slow recovery of the tourism and travel sector worldwide due to the repercussions of the pandemic, adding that he expects that to increase next year.

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