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New AED 500 million runway to expand Sharjah International Airport capacity

Construction of Sharjah International Airport’s AED 500 million (USD 136 million) new airstrip is well underway and is work is expected to be completed over the summer months. The airport is one of the Middle East’s top airfreight logistics hubs and the home base of regional budget airline Air Arabia.

Sharjah International Airport’s year-on-year growth is strong and it saw 8,505,268 passengers in 2013, about one million passengers more than the previous year. In 2014, the airport announced an 8 percent increase in passenger traffic during the first three months of the year, compared with the same period in 2013, handling 16,373 take-offs and landings and a total of 2.25 million passengers. The airport expects to handle 25 million passengers by the year 2025.

The new 4,060 metre long, 60 metre wide new runway forms part of overall plans to continue to develop the international airport, which include a second passenger terminal currently under study. The airport currently has a 4,000 meter long runway, one passenger terminal and five cargo terminals. The new runway is expected to add capacity for large and new-generation ICAO Code F aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and Boeings B747-8 Intercontinental and B747-8 freighter, plus increase the airport’s ability to grow its cargo business. The runway construction project includes construction of airplane taxi ways, connecting corridors, plus 15 kilometers of service roads.

Sharjah International Airport recently added 200 more weekly flights to its summer timetable following the temporary shutdown of two of Dubai International Airport’s runways for scheduled maintenance.

Sources: News media

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