Amman Queen Alia (AMM) Airport
Amman Queen Alia AMM Airport Overview
Queen Alia Amman International Airport AMM - also referred to as 'QAIA Airport - is Jordan's primary airport, is ISO certified, covers about 19 million square meters of space, and is operated by the Airport International Group (AIG), which has undertaken drastic upgrading changes. In April 2013 the Airport received a 'Gold' recognition as 'Best Emerging Market Infrastructure Project'.
The Airport is located in Zizya, 35 km south of the capital city of Amman, and accessible via Route 15 south from central Amman (the exit is just before Al Jizah); from West Amman take Route 30 south-west, and route 15 south; from the Dead Sea drive north on route 65, turn east into route 40, and turn south onto route 15.
With two long parallel runways and nearly 6.3 million passengers in 2012 (and expected 9 million by year-end 2013) Queen Alia International Airport is hub to Royal Jordanian Airlines and is served by a multitude of international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all parts of the globe.
The on-Airport hotel - the 'Golden Tulip' - is 2 km from the terminals (reservation: +962 6 (4451000).
NOTE: 1. If you need a Visa, be prepared to have the equivalent of US or EUR cash for the fee of JOD 10 (Jordanian money) before standing in line opposite the immigration inspection.
2. Signs at the Airport are in Arabic & English.
Queen Alia International has a new and spectacular passenger Terminal with North & South Piers- opened March 2013 (replacing the old two terminals after completing phased reassignment of airlines to the new terminal). The tessellated roof canopy has a series of shallow concrete domes which extend to provide shading the facades, and branch out from the supporting columns like 'leaves of a desert palm'. Two piers (concourses) with departure gates run along the two sides of the central building, which houses the main processing areas and shops, lounges & restaurants. Open-air courtyards with plants & trees help filter pollution. Local architecture is evident in the domed roof.
The Main Terminal is apparently divided into a South & North Terminal. Their Information desks can be reached, 24/7, at the following numbers: South Terminal 1 desk: +962 6-4451739; North Terminal 2 desk: +962 6-4453187.
Amenities & Services: The Terminal can now offer a spacious duty-free area, more and improved food & drink and retail concessions, more airlines and more business & VIP lounges. Two pharmacies are available at the departure level, North Pier, and at landside of the terminal. The new Zain VIP lounge offers the latest facilities & amenities and cutting-edge technology. Other amenities nside the new terminal include rental car counters in the Arrivals area, Hajj & Omrah restrooms, pharmacy, first aid station, banking services, newsstand, passenger lounges and more
NOTE: The Jordan River Foundation and the Royal Society of Conservation of Nature have formed a partnership, whereby hand-made products by local craftpersons will be offered in the terminal, thereby enabling underprivileged communities who make these products to raise their living standards.
Parking options at Queen Alia Airport: Carparks are administered by Mawgif (National Company for Car Parking Systems). The new parking facilities are divided into 3 key areas: departure curbside area, short-term and long-term parking lots:
1. For passenger drop-offs, drivers entering the departure curbside are handed a ticket for a 10-minute free grace perriod. Unattended vehicles are being towed.
2. Meeters & greeters should park in the short-term carpark. The arrivals road sign directs drivers to the barrier with a dispenser for a parking ticket. Currently, the hourly charge is JOD
3. At the long-term carpark drivers take a ticket which calculates the number of days the car is being parked. Present charge is JOD 1 for each 24 hrs. This carpark offers a shuttle bus to & from the new terminal.
Rental car counters for major rental agencies are located in the Arrivals area of the new terminal.
To get from Queen Alia Airport to your destination, you can rent a car, take a taxi or one of the buses which run every half hour. For booking a taxi call +962 6 (4451302).
The Airport Express bus is available 6am-11pm and leaves the Airport every half hour to the Abdali bus terminal in central Amman, a trip of 45-60 minutes.
New Airport developments: Airlines will move into the new terminal in phases, and with the last airline moving out, the old terminal will be torn down. More new amenities & services will be added to the new terminal in stages during 2013. The layout of the new terminal, presently having a capacity of 9 million passengers a year, allows for a further growth over a period of 25 years to a capacity of 12 million passengers a year.
A new rail line under construction is to connect the Airport with central & downtown Amman, but may have possibly been opened already.
- Website for Amman Queen Alia: http://www.aig.aero/
- Phone: +962 6445 1132
Amman Queen Alia AMM Airport Update History
- AMM Airports - Oct 28, 2013
- AMM Airlines Served - Jun 26, 2013
- AMM Airport Intro - Jun 14, 2013