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Exceptional second half to the year leads to 2015 traffic rise at Queen Alia

Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport ended 2015 on a high, enjoying a best ever December performance to ensure a slight upturn in passenger traffic for the calendar year.

According to figures released today by operator Airport International Group (AIG), the gateway  welcomed 7,095,685 passengers in 2015 – 0.1% up on the previous year.

While the 100,691 tons of cargo handled at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) marked a "significant" increase of 7.3%.

Bringing the year to a positive conclusion, passenger numbers for the month of December 2015 surpassed half a million for the first time in the airport’s history.

Indeed, 533,051 passengers passed through its facilities in December, signalling a 7.1% rise on the same month a year ago.

During December, QAIA also achieved its largest cargo figures ever registered in a single month, handling 9,764 tons of cargo. 

The fact that both passenger and cargo figures increased in 2015 is quite an achievement for the airport as events elsewhere in the region, referred to by AIG as the "turmoil in neighbouring countries", resulted in a number of flight cancellations in the first half of the year that led to a six month decline in traffic.

AIG says that QAIA "rallied" in July, registering universal improvement including a 29.6% rise in passengers compared to the same period in 2014.

And in the second half of 2015, QAIA enjoyed four record-breaking months, registering its highest-ever passenger figures for the months of July, August, September and December.

“Ending another milestone year on a high note, in the final month of 2015, QAIA registered remarkable results across the board, as illustrated by its unprecedented reception of more than 500,000 passengers in December, its record-breaking cargo figures, and year-on-year increases in aircargo movements,” says AIG's CEO, Kjeld Binger.

“Despite regional challenges and circumstances, three new airlines joined QAIA’s network last year, bolstering Jordan’s standing as a secure and stable country, as well as the Airport’s position as a transit hub.

"We look forward to persisting in our efforts to increase the number of passengers and aircraft passing through the Kingdom’s prime gateway to the world, enabling both QAIA and Jordan to realize their full potential.”

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