Jordan’s Amman Queen Alia International Airport operator, Airport International Group (AIG), announced its new terminal, designed by UK’s Foster + Partners, is scheduled for completion in 2010 (World Interior Design Network, 07-Sep-09). The new terminal will increase the airport’s capacity from 9 to 12 million passengers p/a.
Amman Airport announces new terminal to be operation in 2010
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