New Jordan terminal opening put back to June 2012

Four month extension will solve operational and safety issues at QAIA

The government wants to increase the airport's passenger handling capacity to 9 million travellers per year.
The government wants to increase the airport's passenger handling capacity to 9 million travellers per year.

Opening of the new passenger terminal at the Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in Jordan has been put back from February to June 2012 due to operational and safety issues.

The Ministry of Transport in Jordan and the Airport International Group (AIG), responsible for construction, said that building had been delayed due to complex architectural designs being implemented for the first time.

They added that the new date would allow better dealings with operational and safety issues.

The terminal, being designed by international architectural firm Foster + Partners, is part of a US$675m redevelopment plan to increase the airport’s passenger handling capacity from 3 million to 9 million passengers per year.

At over 100,000m2, the building has been dubbed one of the most advanced terminals in the region, costing as much as US$600m to build.

With plans also to renovate the existing terminal, the Jordanian government hopes its development scheme will enhance the position of QAIA as a regional hub airport.

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