New state-of-the-art Airport opens in Jordan
- Jordan: Thursday, March 21 - 2013 at 15:27
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Sees a new chapter for travellers to the Levant with the opening of a new state-of-the-art terminal at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), Amman, Jordan.
Operations will officially begin today following an overnight transfer from the old facilities.
The building, measuring over 100,000 square metres, boasts vastly improved infrastructure and facilities capable of catering to the steady surge in Jordan's passenger traffic.
QAIA's annual capacity is expected to increase by 6% per year for the next twenty five years increasing capacity from 3 million to 12.8 million passengers per year by 2030.
Thirty two airlines will operate out of the new terminal including British Airways, easyjet, Air France and the national carrier, Royal Jordanian. The new building is divided into three floors, one for departures and two for immigration and arrivals.
The 6,000 square metres of retail space will feature well-known brands such as Starbucks and WH Smith as well as restaurants and shops offering local cuisine and products. There is also a Bloom spa offering treatments specifically designed for travellers.
The new airport building has been designed to be environmentally sensitive and to reflect the rich culture of the region. Inspired by Bedouin tents, the roof of the terminal is composed of 127 concrete domes, weighing over 55,000 tonnes. In celebration of the tradition for family groups to congregate at the airport, the building's forecourt has been enlarged to create a landscaped plaza with seating, shaded by trees, where people can gather.
The structure of the building, made entirely from concrete, allows passive environmental control, perfect for Amman's climate where summer temperatures vary greatly between night and day. Glazed on all sides to open up long views of the airport apron and runway, the building features open-air courtyards, which contribute to the terminal's environmental strategy, allowing plants and trees to filter the air before it enters the air handling system.
Airport International Group (AIG), a Jordanian company owned by an international consortium comprising Invest AD, Noor, Edgo, ADPM, J&P, and J&P Avax manage the new terminal. AIG holds a 25-year Build, Operate, Transfer (BOT) concession for operating the existing terminal at QAIA and for constructing the new terminal.
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