Airport International Group (AIG) recently released passenger traffic figures for August 2013. Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) witnessed over 694,343 travellers passing through QAIA, representing a 15.09% increase in passenger traffic (PAX) compared to August 2012. Year-to-date (YTD) PAX went up by 2.97% compared to the same period last year, standing at 4,408,574 PAX.
Aircraft movements (ACM) reached an all-time high of 6,465 ACM, an increase of 3.81% over 2012. Meanwhile, YTD ACM traffic stood at 45,505 ACM, up by a marginal 0.01% as opposed to performance in 2012.
These outcomes are particularly notable with July 2013’s mixed numbers. Passenger traffic had decreased by 16.3% to reach 547,621 PAX compared to results during July 2012, A total of 5,844 ACM was counted for July 2013, down 9.52% from July last year.
“Air traffic in the MENA region is particularly susceptible to external influences. The expansion works on Al-Haram Al-Shareef in Mecca, Saudi Arabia caused cancellation of many Umrah visas worldwide, contributing to significant drop in direct and transiting pilgrimage traffic,” said AIG CEO, Kjeld Binger.