Amman - Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) has welcomed from Zurich on Thursday 2 February, 2023, the first flight of Edelweiss Air; the leading leisure airline of Switzerland and a member of Lufthansa Group. Edelweiss Air will operate two weekly flights on Sundays and Thursdays to Amman then Aqaba, with return flights to Zurich scheduled the next day on Mondays and Fridays. This step corresponds with the consistent efforts of Airport International Group and the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) to expand QAIA's airline and destination networks in order to offer passengers varied direct route options.

The inaugural flight was greeted with the customary water arch salute in the presence of representatives from Airport International Group, Edelweiss Air and its ground handler Royal Jordanian. 

“We are delighted to be boosting QAIA’s airline network this early on in the year by establishing an additional direct connection to a major European city like Zurich, enabling Swiss travelers to visit Jordan aboard a carrier known for flying to only the most captivating holiday destinations. We thank our partners for supporting our airline diversification efforts, which allow us to deliver the best services to our passengers and further propel QAIA as Jordan’s prime gateway to the world,” commented Airport International Group CEO, Nicolas Claude.

“We are happy to add two new destinations in Jordan to our network. Jordan is an interesting and diverse country to visit, rich of culture, history, and nature. Our new flight from Zurich to Amman is tailored to the needs of tourists from Switzerland visiting the beautiful Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” stated Edelweiss Air Chief Commercial Officer, Patrick Heymann.


About Airport International Group

Airport International Group is a Jordanian company comprising local and international investors with proven experience in airport rehabilitation, enhancement, operation and management. In 2007, following a transparent and open international tender, the Government of Jordan awarded Airport International Group a 25-year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concession agreement to manage the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA); Jordan’s prime gateway to the world.

Since the agreement commenced, QAIA ranked first place for four years in the Airport Service Quality Survey’s ‘Best Airport by Size and Region: Middle East’ category for airports serving 5 to 15 million passengers and was amongst the top two in the ‘Best Airport by Region: Middle East’ category for four consecutive years. On the environmental front, in 2022, QAIA became the first airport in the Middle East and the second in Asia Pacific to reach Level 4+ ‘Transition’ of the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program - valid until the renewal date in 2025.

According to a comprehensive study commissioned by Airport International Group and conducted by International Air Transport Association (IATA) Consulting, in 2019, QAIA supported 238,000 jobs and JOD 2.5 billion (8.9%) in GDP. By 2032, these figures are expected to increase to 278,000 jobs and JOD 3.9 billion in GDP. Underscoring its socioeconomic significance and standing as the main entry point to the Kingdom, QAIA processes over 97% of passengers and 99% of cargo.

This press release has been distributed by Bidaya Marketing Communications on behalf of Airport International Group.
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