Jordan’s transport sector remains a major source of employment, currently providing jobs for approximately 10% of the county’s workforce. While the volatility of energy supplies, particularly natural gas from Egypt since 2011, continues to pose a challenge to the sector, plans for a new national rail network, including a line connecting Iraq with the Port of Aqaba, hope to address this. Moreover, the national railway project will allow Jordan to remain competitive in Iraqi transport markets while also boosting tourism to the kingdom. King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba recently unveiled a new arrivals wing which, along with the port complex, is part of a wider tourism push that is driving local economic activity.
This chapter contains an interview with Kjeld Binger, CEO, Airport International Group.