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QAIA sees significant improvements in cargo traffic results.

Amman, May 27 (Petra) -- The Queen Alia International Airport's (QAIA) has seen an increase in cargo traffic by 4.9 percent year-to-date (YTD), totaling at 31,290 tons between January and April 2015.

According to a QAIA statement, the Kingdom's prime gateway witnessed an 8.5-percent YTD decrease in the monthly passenger traffic (PAX) between January and April 2015, reaching 2,089,816 passengers, compared to 2,282,894, during the same period in 2014.

As for the aircraft movements (ACM), it also dipped by 6.5 percent to register at 21,644 ACM as opposed to 23,153 ACM a year earlier.

The decrease in traffic during the first four months of the year was primarily attributed to the cancellation of routes, paired with ongoing disturbances in neighboring countries, which led to fewer passengers and flights passing through the region and arriving at QAIA, the statement said.

A closer look at the statistics shows January's monthly passengers slipping 2.8 percent from last year to total at 533,105 PAX, in addition to a 3.8 percent fall in ACM figures to reach 5,459 ACM, whereas cargo traffic went up 0.1 percent with 6,825 tons.

Likewise, the month of February saw a decline in both PAX and ACM figures, as PAX went down 15.5 percent to reach 451,097and ACM dropped by 8.1 percent to stand at 4,968, while cargo traffic significantly jumped by 5.2 percent as a result of handling 6,996 tons of cargo.

In March, PAX decreased by 7.3 percent to come in at 527,075 and ACM declined by 7.5 percent to register at 5,517 flights, while marking a 5.3 percent increase over the same month last year for cargo traffic with 8,727 tons.

As for April, PAX dropped by 8.4 percent to reach 578,539 and ACM slowed by 6.7 percent to stand at 5,700, with cargo growing by 8.4 percent to 8,742 tons. CEO of Airport International Group (AIG) -the Jordanian company responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of QAIA, Kjeld Binger said: "QAIA's passenger and aircraft traffic decrease during the first four months of 2015 was largely driven by a number of route cancellations earlier this year, thus slowing flight movements." He added: "The region's ongoing political turmoil has curbed inbound tourism despite Jordan's internal stability. Nonetheless, we remain committed to offsetting recent traffic declines by providing passengers with the best possible travel experience, in coordination with our competent teams and trusted partners." QAIA has recently received the international Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award for "Best Airport by Region: Middle East" and "Best Improvement by Region: Middle East" for 2014.

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