By Sam Bridge
Tender for project to increase Sharjah International capacity to about 20 million passengers per year by 2025 will go out in April
Plans to expand Sharjah International Airport and increase capacity to about 20 million passengers per year by 2025 will go out to tender in April, it has been announced.
Sharjah Airport Authority said it established the technical, legal and financial requirements for the tender last year, with the AED1.5 billion ($410m) project going to tender in April and work starting in October.
The announcement was made as airport authority officials said Sharjah International enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2019.
Ali Salim Al Midfa, chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said it welcomed a total of 13.6m passengers, up 13 percent year-on-year, the highest number in the history of the airport.
Aircraft traffic increased 6.45 percent to 86,506 take-offs and landings as a result of the airport attracting new airlines and adding new flights.
Midfa also revealed that air freight volumes grew to more than 148,751 tons in 2019, an increase of 12.1 percent compared to the same period in 2018.
Officials also announced that 3 million passengers used the airport's smart gates last year which reduced transaction time to a maximum of 20 seconds.
Midfa said: “During 2019, there were a number of achievements in all areas... We are happy with the statistics... We look forward to further accomplishments including the completion of expansion plans for the airport, which will increase capacity to 20 million passengers per annum by 2025.”
He added: “Thanks to the speed and efficiency of procedures and services, Sharjah Airport gained the confidence of a broad segment of passengers and attracted new airlines while maintaining its appeal for airlines and passengers. This helped to enhance Sharjah’s positioning as a preferred tourist destination and an important hub for trade and business.”
In 2019, Sharjah Airport was ranked first among MENA airports and fourth internationally in terms of accuracy and punctuality according to OIG, the international provider of airport and airline data.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.