June 15, 2008
AIG Welcomes Curtis Grad, CEO
Airport International Group (AIG), the internationalconsortium developing and operating Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA),this week welcomed Curtis Grad as the Chief Executive Officer tasked withleading the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of Queen AliaInternational Airport - the gateway to Jordan.
Commenting on the appointment, Chairman of AIG, Mr. Salem Al Ameri, "We are delighted to welcome Curtis Grad to this strategic project, which will havea dramatic impact on the development of Jordan and the broader Levantregion. Curtis joins us at a critical stage of the redevelopment andexpansion process of QAIA. He brings extensive international experience ofmanaging similar developments from his time in Canada, Jamaica and, morerecently, Cyprus, and we will be leveraging that experience to deliverchange and create an airport that will transform passengers' travelexperience."Salem Al Ameri added "The real change will come with the opening of the newterminal. This will be an absolute world class facility which will rival anyregional airport and something which Jordan will be truly proud of, as itwelcomes business and leisure travellers alike."
"On behalf of the international partners in AIG operating here in Jordan, weare very pleased to see Curtis join our team. Much work has already beendelivered in making QAIA an a truly international airport. However we arewell aware of the challenges that lie ahead and have much more work ahead ofus. Our plans for the new airport need someone with Curtis' calibre andexperience to improve quality of service and drive standards ever higher,whilst at the same time creating opportunities for the highly talented localwork force," said Mr. Eyad Rashad, Vice Chairman, AIG.
Extensive refurbishment and cleaning of the existing airport has alreadystarted with painting and modernization of existing facilities such asceilings, internal and external walls; improved toilet facilities forpassengers; reorganization and enlargement of the passenger check-in area,as well as a review of, and changes to, the general management of passengerflow through the airport. More changes have been planned and are due to beimplemented shortly."
Curtis Grad joins the AIG team from Larnaca International Airport, Cyprus where he held the role of General Manager for two years, under a similar public-private-partnership, build-operate- transfer concession with the Republic of Cyprus. Prior to Cyprus, Curtis was the Vice President of Operations at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica from 2003 2006; and from 1999 to 2002 as Airport General Manager of Abbotsford International Airport, British Columbia, Canada.
Mr. Grad expressed his delight in joining AIG, stating "I'm looking forwardto adding my input and enthusiasm into this exciting project, as we work totransform QAIA into a world class facility."
The US$700 million rehabilitation and expansion works at QAIA are underway with the new passenger terminal expected to extend over 85,000 square meters. AIG, under the terms of a 25-year concession agreement, is responsible for the operation of the airport, the rehabilitation of existing facilities and the construction of the new terminal.
AIG comprises of the Edgo Group, Noor Financial Investment Company, Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited, J&P-Avax, Abu Dhabi Investment Company, and Aroports de Paris Management.
2008 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)
Originally published by By Al-Bawaba Reporters.
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