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Sharjah Int'l opens new runway to welcome superjumbos

New $136m airport project will be able to accommodate world's largest aircraft including A380s

Sharjah Int'l opens new runway to welcome superjumbos
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Sharjah International Airport on Wednesday opened a new runway which is capable of accommodating the largest aircraft in the world as the emirate continues its push to become a major tourism destination.

Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, ruler of Sharjah, opened the AED500 million ($136 million) runway in the presence of Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and deputy ruler of Sharjah, and other sheikhs and officials.

The new main runway, spanning 4,060 metres with a width of 60 metres, runs parallel to the former runway. It also has two taxi-ways and eight connecting corridors that are intended to let aircraft get off the main runway and into the hangar in the shortest time possible, news agency WAM reported.

The new runway has been designed to receive large aircraft and new generations of aircraft, such as the Boeing 747-800, Airbus A380, and giant freighters like AN124 and AN225.

The Sharjah ruler's private jet took off and landed on the new runway to mark its first use, WAM added.

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