Aqaba airport inaugurates new arrivals terminal

Red Sea resort expands international area by 1,500 sq meters

Aqaba airport inaugurates new arrivals terminal

Aqaba, July 4 - The Red Sea city of Aqaba in Jordan has inaugurated a new arrival wing in the King Hussein International Airport, serving the burgeoning resort city and surrounding tourism sites. Prince Hussein toured the 5.4-million-euro investment at Wednesday's ceremony and surveyed firsthand the terminal's 1,500-square-metre expansion. Head Commissioner of the development project ASEZA (Aqaba Special Economic Zone) Kamel O. Mahadin noted that the terminal facilitates arrival procedures for passengers who will now spend no more than 25 minutes to complete customs and visa requirements before leaving the airport. Airport Director Munir Asaad said the expansion project was part of a comprehensive plan for the airport, which began in 2008, to meet the operating requirements by 2028 at a total cost of 65.2 million euros. Established in 1972, the facility was the first Jordanian airport to obtain a licence from the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission, offering its services to more than 35 airlines travelling to 13 destinations worldwide. Returns on investment are expected to reach 326 million euros over the next decade. Last year, around 171,000 travellers came to Aqaba, some 330 kilometers south of Amman, and some 2,820 planes landed at the airport. The airport is owned by the Aqaba Development Corporation and has been operated by the Aqaba Airports Company since 2007. Investments to date are estimated at 108.8 million euros. (photo by Petra Photo: Jordanian Prince Hussein inaugurates the new expansion of the arrivals terminal at the King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba)

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