Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport stated the opening of the new passenger terminal has been delayed from Feb-2012 to Jun-2012 due to operational and safety issues (Airport Technology/ConstructionWeekOnline, 13-Jan-2011). The Ministry of Transport in Jordan and the Airport International Group stated the building has been delayed due to complex architectural designs being implemented for the first time. The 100,000sqm terminal, part of a USD675 million redevelopment plan, will increase the airport's annual passenger handling capacity from 3.0 million to 9.0 million.
Queen Alia Airport's new terminal opening delayed
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