Feast your eyes one more time upon this photo of the Queen Alia International Airport, before the French demolish it!!
OK. OK. Don’t get too alarmed. You still have 2-3 years to feast your eyes. But then, seriously, this airport, which, for better or for worse, defined the Jordanian arrival (and departure) experience for over two decades, is going to be leveled.
This will happen in 2010, which isn’t very far from today if you think about it. its place will be taken up by the new airplane parking lot (or whatever you call where planes park) of the new QAIA terminals.
On the 15th of November 2007, the French Aeroports De Paris Consortium will be taking over the management of the airport. So they will have to, ironically, fix it before they demolish it!
This blog has written numerous times about everything that’s wrong with this airport.
But her is an additional piece of advice to the new managers: Change the introductory note on the airport’s web site which, unbelievably, is pretending to still live in 1984:
Replacing the overstretched Amman-Marka International Airport (AMIA) on 25 May 1983, Jordan’s new aerial gateway at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) provides the air transport capacity the country needs for its continued growth and development.
The “NEW” aerial gateway??!!
I also hope they fix the famous virus scan error message that appears on the flight schedule screen.
It would be great if they put some architectural renderings of the new airport (as in: the 2010 thing) on the web. I’ve seen many images in magazines and also yesterday’s Al-Rai article about the management hand-over. But just could not find any on the web!
Norman Foster is the architect of the new airport. The guy is a modernist. But he seems to have reinterpreted some arabo-islamic motives (domes maybe?) for the design of the terminals. This “nod” to the local culture, gives our officials/journalist/propagandists the chance to proudly say that the new airport “will be built in an Arab-Islamic style” (to satisfy the prevalent inflated sense of cultural identity I presume).
It’s all pretty exciting stuff. If anyone has a link to proper renderings, share them here.
On a final note, before its disappearance, the old airport will have played a starring role in Jordan’s first feature film in 50 years: Captain Abu Raed.
Here are some shots..
Perhaps the film will serve as a dignified farewell to an airport that served us for quarter of a century.