Crown Prince inaugurates second phase of QAIA’s new terminal project

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  • Crown Prince inaugurates second phase of QAIA’s new terminal project - (Twitter)
  • Crown Prince inaugurates second phase of QAIA’s new terminal project - (Twitter)
  • Crown Prince inaugurates second phase of QAIA’s new terminal project - (Twitter)
  • Crown Prince inaugurates second phase of QAIA’s new terminal project - (Twitter)
  • Crown Prince inaugurates second phase of QAIA’s new terminal project - (Twitter)

AMMAN — His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II on Monday, attended the inauguration of the second phase of the Queen Alia International Airport’s (QAIA) New Terminal Project, which has added 12 new gates that will contribute toward raising the airport’s annual passenger capacity to up to 12 million passengers.

Valued at USD214 million, the second phase of QAIA’s New Terminal Project increases the airport’s total area to 160,000 square-meters, raising its annual passenger capacity by approximately 3 million in comparison to its capacity during the project’s first phase.

Crown Prince Hussein was received by the Prime Minister, the Minister of Transport, the Chairman of Airport International Group, the CEO of Airport International Group, the Commander of the Security and Protection Unit, and the Ministry of Transport’s Director of Projects.

During his speech before Crown Prince Hussein, the Minister of Transport, Yahya Kasabi, stated that the inauguration of the second phase of the rehabilitation, expansion and operation project of QAIA, Jordan’s prime gateway to the world, is further confirmation of the Hashemite leadership’s relentless support of infrastructure development projects across industries, particularly those within the aviation sector.

The minister also mentioned that Jordan receives around 54 percent of QAIA’s gross revenues, which are expected to amount to USD100 million this year, to which an additional USD100 million are to be added in special tax on flight tickets. "This percentage is considered one of the highest among similar international projects," he said.

The Crown Princes also stated that, in May 2007, the Government of Jordan signed a concession agreement regarding the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of QAIA with Airport International Group (AIG), a consortium of regional and international partners.

The project is carried out under a 25-year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concession agreement, starting from 15 November 2007 until 15 November 2032, with the government bearing no costs, whether operational or in capital

Furthermore, Kasabi highlighted that the public-private partnership related to the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of QAIA has been named one of the top 40 public-private partnerships worldwide.

According to the minister, the first phase of the New Terminal Project, which was inaugurated by His Majesty King Abdullah II in 2013, spanned 110,000 square-meters. Eight of nine installed gates were activated, with the ninth used as a temporary remote boarding lounge for aircraft parked at a distance from the gates.

Among the most prominent features of the project, the total number of gates in operation at QAIA has nearly doubled, increasing to 25 active gates, of which eight are remote gates that contribute to 17 contact gates. The remaining gates are operated from four new Super Fixed Link Bridges, as well as two Fixed Link Bridges, which can accommodate large aircraft, including the world’s largest airplane, the double-deck Airbus A380.

In turn, in a speech given during the ceremony, Airport International Group Chairman, Faras Ramahi, said, "After witnessing together the first steps of our journey with Queen Alia International Airport, it is evident that, after nine years of relentless work, the bold vision adopted by Airport International Group in 2007, which arose in essence from the royal vision, has today become a reality." According to Ramahi, with the completion of the second phase of the New Terminal Project, all planned construction on the airport has been completed, bringing the airport to its maximum capacity and offering the highest levels of quality standards in order to ensure passenger satisfaction.

He added that QAIA has leaped from its 2012 international ranking of 186th place to 41st in 2015, and that it is now one of the world’s top 20 airports serving 5 to 15 million passengers. The airport also marked a historic national accomplishment by being named ‘Best Airport by Region: Middle East’ for the last two consecutive years, an award which is granted based on the votes of global passengers.

During the inauguration event, Crown Prince Hussein was accompanied by H.E. Prime Minister Hani Mulki and several other officials on a tour of the airport, during which the Prince listened as H.E. Kasabi explained the different development phases undergone at the terminal. Crown Prince Hussein also observed the new gates and other facilities that were added during the expansion project.

(Petra)

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