Sharjah International Airport’s Dh500 million airport landing strip was launched this week, considerably developing the airport’s capacity to reach its target of managing 25 million travelers by year 2025.
The new runway improves capacity for large and new-generation ICAO Code F aircraft like the Airbus A380 and Boeings B747-8 Intercontinental and B747-8 freighter, and also boosts the airport’s ability to expand its cargo industry.
The new runway covers 4,060 metres, has two taxiways and eight connecting corridors to give aircraft with access to the main runway and hangars.
Sharjah International Airport recorded a 13% yearly upsurge in traveler traffic for the past two years and traveler traffic during 2014 has, so far, improved by 14%.
The emirate has increased 200 more flights every week to its summer schedule during May, June and early on July following the provisional shutdown of two of Dubai International Airport’s runways for planned repairs, providing an increase to summer air traffic.
Nevertheless, the airport’s natural development stays robust achieving 17% in September 2014 compared to similar month in 2013.
The airport is a center for a number of international traveler and cargo airlines plus the Sharjah-headquartered Air Arabia, which caters 100 destinations in the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Europe.
The airline brought 6.1 million travelers in 2013 and 3.3 million during the first half of 2014. The airport development will help both tourism and commercial demands.
Sharjah’s economy is increasing at 8% every year and its tourism division is experiencing a period of high progress.
The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) revealed that more than a million visitors stayed in the emirate during the first six months of 2014, a 15% upsurge on tourist numbers in the first half of 2013. Sharjah approximates two million visitors to stay by the end of the year