In November 2007, and under the terms of a 25-year concession agreement, Airport International Group (AIG) became the Jordanian company responsible for the operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), the rehabilitation of the airport’s facilities, and the construction of the new passenger terminal. In addition to AIG’s total capital commitment of US$ 850 million, funding for the project was secured through the International Finance Corporation (the commercial arm of the World Bank), the Islamic Development Bank, a syndication of commercial lenders, and shareholder equity.
Located 35 kilometers from the heart of the capital Amman, QAIA was inaugurated in 1983 to become Jordan’s key gateway to the world. By 2012, the airport was serving 6.2 million passengers as well as providing air cargo and other aviation support services. The airport extends across 19 million square meters and includes two parallel runways 3,660 meters in length, 61 meters in width and with a separation of 1,446 square meters.