His Majesty King Abdullah II on Thursday opened, in the presence of Queen Rania Al Abdullah, the Queen Alia International Airport’s (QAIA) new passenger terminal. The project, which creates around 20,000 direct and indirect job opportunities is ranked, by the International Finance Corporation, among the best 40 partnerships between the public and the private sector. Minister of Transportation Alaa Batayneh said that the new 103,000 square metre terminal has been built at an estimated cost of USD750 million. It is expected to increase the airport’s capacity to nearly 12 million passengers per year after the completion of the final phase, while the old building has a capacity to accommodate only 3.5 million passengers annually. The new terminal features ample food and beverage venues, shopping outlets, children’s play areas, clear signage, sufficient flight information screens, comfortable seating in waiting areas, and high levels of service at the customer assistance counter.