In the first ten months of 2021, Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) welcomed 3,619,894 passengers (PAX), an increase of 100.1% and a decrease of 52.6% when compared to 2020 and 2019. While this was happening, QAIA received 36,683 aircraft movements (ACM), which was 79.1% higher than in 2020 and 45.9% lower than in 2019. QAIA has transported 48,051 tonnes of cargo so far this year, which represents an increase of 17.6% and a decrease of 43.8% when compared to 2020 and 2019 figures, respectively.
There were only 541,629 passengers through QAIA in October 2021, a decrease of 25,1 percent compared to the same month in 2019. In addition, QAIA recorded 5,146 ACM, which represents a decrease of 21.4% from 2019 figures. In addition, QAIA transported 6,192 metric tonnes of freight, a 33.7% decrease from the year prior.
To reach pre-COVID traffic levels in 2019, given the modest recovery in global air transport, it will take a few more years. According to Airport International Group CEO, Nicolas Claud, our employees and operations at Queen Alia International Airport are prepared and capable of handling increased passenger traffic as the industry continues to recover.