While its traffic figures have yet to reach pre-COVID levels, Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) noted improvements last year - welcoming 7,837,501 passengers (PAX), marking a 71.9 percent surge and 12.2 percent decline against 2021 and 2019 figures, respectively.
Additionally, QAIA received 68,325 aircraft movements (ACM), which were 46.6 percent higher and 14.3 percent lower than the figures recorded in 2021 and 2019, respectively. QAIA also handled 61,290 tons of cargo, indicating a 5.2 percent increase and 40.2 percent decrease compared to 2021 and 2019 figures, respectively. In the month of December, QAIA managed 660,274 PAX (up 0.1 percent compared to 2019) and 5,664 ACM and 4,934 tons of cargo (down 7.5 percent and 40.4 percent, respectively, compared to 2019).
Airport International Group continued to work closely with its strategic partners - 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 to actively attract passengers from around the world and enhance Jordan’s connectivity to major regional and global cities and hubs.
Several direct routes were launched in 2022 from QAIA via its main airline partner and the Kingdom’s national carrier, Royal Jordanian Airlines. 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. As a result, 44 airlines operated to 76 destinations via QAIA in 2022, growing its networks by 10 percent and 17 percent, respectively, compared to 2021.