OVER the course of the first six months of 2018, Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) welcomed 3,884,518 passengers marking a 7.6 per cent year-on-year increase, according to figures released by Airport International Group. Top destinations contributing to this notable growth were Alexandria, Antalya, Baghdad, Cairo, Doha, Istanbul, Kuwait, Paphos and Rome. “We are very pleased with the success of the first six months of 2018, which has proved once again that our Airport is fully equipped to handle increasing passenger numbers,” commented Airport International Group CEO, Kjeld Binger. “With the airport’s new routes as well as the Hajj season and upcoming holidays, we remain optimistic about maintaining a consistent growth during the second half of the year.”
On the back on this stellar performance, the Royal Jordanian reported positive gains in performance despite the 27 per cent increase in the fuel bill over the first half of 2017.
RJ revenues grew from $400 million in the first half of 2017 to $447 million in the same period of 2018, a 12 per cent increase. RJ president and CEO Stefan Pichler said that the company carried out non-stop promotions in the first half 2018 which helped secure 6 per cent more passengers compared to 93,000 that flew in the first half of 2017.
The growing number of passengers lifted the seat load factor by 4.4 points in the comparison period, from 68.4 per cent to 72.8 per cent.
In another encouraging update, Royal Jordanian was listed among the top 20 safest airlines in the world, according to the annual list of the world’s safest airlines released by AirlineRatings.com, the Australia-based aviation analysis website. The safety-rating system of this list was developed with the help of the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The top 20 safest carriers were selected from a pool of 409 airlines based on their compliance with international regulators, the age of their fleet of aircraft, fatality record over the past 10 years, their results from Iata’s safety audits and whether their countries of origin conform with ICAO’s safety parameter.
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