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Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport has a new man in the hot seat following Nicolas Claude’s appointment as CEO of operator, Airport International Group (AIG).

Claude, AIG’s former chief operations officer, succeeds Kjeld Binger, who will continue to act as a senior advisor to the Board.

Leveraging a longstanding 28-year career within the global airport industry, Claude has held numerous C-suite positions, most recent of which was CEO of the Nuevo Pudahuel concession in Chile, where he guided the expansion of Santiago International Airport.

During his 2010-2015 tenure as COO of Airport International Group, he oversaw six key departments representing a total of 330 employees responsible for various operations; maintenance; commercial and real estate; information technology and telecommunications; security; and quality and safety functions.

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He has also served as COO of Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte – a group operating and managing 13 airports in Mexico – and previously contributed to multiple projects at Groupe ADP, namely devising planning studies on several French and global airports.

Claude enthuses: “I am delighted to be returning to Jordan – a country I called home for five years – and to the Airport International Group family with whom I have witnessed some of the most pivotal stages of the QAIA New Terminal project.

“I would like to thank my colleague, Kjeld Binger, for his exemplary leadership over the past eight years, and I look forward to building on the proud achievements the team has marked since being assigned the project in 2007.

“We have many new plans to implement, milestones to reach and records to break, and I am confident that, with the support of the Government of Jordan and the employees, partners and shareholders involved in the project, the sky is the limit.

“We will continue to work together to reaffirm QAIA’s standing as the Kingdom’s prime gateway to the world for the benefit of our passengers and the Jordanian public at large.”


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