Queen Alia International Airport
Located 35 kilometers form the capital Amman, Queen Alia International Airport was established in 1983 and was named in honor of late Queen Alia Al-Hussein, who died in a helicopter accident in 1978. The main airport in Jordan since 1963 was Amman National airport in Marca, which is now the main operation center for Royal Wings, a leading company in Jordan for charter flights.
Queen Alia Airport has been named the best airport in the region, and won third place of its size worldwide by the Airport Council International (ACI) based on the results of the 2016 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Survey, in terms of passenger satisfaction and quality of service. It extends across 19 million square meters, includes two parallel runways of 3,660 meters in length and 61 meters in width, with a separation of 1,446 square meters.
On May 19, 2007 the government of Jordan signed a US$ 700 million agreement with the AIG (Airport International Group) to rehabilitate, operate and expand the Queen Alia International Airport, QAIA, in what was described as Jordan’s largest ever BOT agreement. Under the 25 year old concession agreement, AIG would be responsible for all aspects of the operation of the airport, transforming it into a world class airport that adheres to international standards.
The announcement of the expansion of the airport coincided with a sharp increase in the number of arrivals to the airport which is partly due to the boom in the tourism industry in Jordan, which saw a 50 % rise in tourists year-on-year compared to 2006. With Petra being recognized as a new 7 wonder of the world, there was a marked increase in interest by visitors the world over to visit the major tourist attractions of Jordan.
Norman Foster + Partners, were the architects chosen to design the new state of the art airport, Which was inaugurated by King Abdullah II in March 2013.
Groupe ADP, signed a contract on December 22, 2017 to take control of Airport International Group (AIG), concessionaire at Amman Queen Alia International Airport, for US$267 million.
Pick up from Allenby Bridge and head south to the ancient ruins of the Rose City in Petra with an overnight and float in the healing waters of the lowest