Private jet terminal to be built at Sharjah airport
Ali Salim Al Midfa and Richard Lineveldt signed the two agreements in Sharjah.
Sharjah - Project spreads over more than 40,000 sqm at an investment of over Dh110 million
The Sharjah Airport Authority signed two commercial agreements with Gama Support Services, the first of which is to build and operate a new private jet terminal by Gama at Sharjah International Airport with an investment of over Dh110 million, while and the second granting Gama the right to provide ground handling services to business jet owners, business jets and crew members at the terminal.
Ali Salim Al Midfa, chairman of the Sharjah Airport Authority and Richard Lineveldt, general manager of Gama Support Services, signed the two agreements, in the presence of senior officials from both organisations. The new project, which will be constructed and operated by Gama will contribute in developing the private jet and business aviation industry in Sharjah.
The project spreads over more than 40,000 sqm and comprises two private jet hangars with a capacity of two large BBJs each and a state-of-the-art terminal for business jet owners and crew members, where it will include resting areas and lounges, in addition to duty free shops, equipped with the latest technologies to expedite the passport control and customs procedures.
Al Midfa said: "The new project will allow the owners to travel in a luxurious and convenient manner, contributing to the economy of the emirate of Sharjah and the UAE simultaneously."
"This partnership is an important step in the process of developing the private aviation industry in the emirate of Sharjah, by providing more exceptional facilities and services to jet owners who use their private jets to travel around the world."
Lineveldt said: "We are proud of our presence at Sharjah International Airport. The agreements we have signed and the investment we are making here reflects our confidence in the prospective business of Sharjah economy as we have received excellent support from Sharjah Airport Authority and the Department of Civil Aviation.
"During the last few years, the general aviation market has witnessed growth in the number of business jets and private aircraft owners, and we expect this to continue on the short and long terms. Since the launch of its operations at Sharjah International Airport in 2012, Gama Aviation has significantly expanded its customer base in the private aviation industry".
Shaikh Faisal bin Sauod Al Qassimi, Director of the Sharjah Airport Authority, said: "Sharjah International Airport is committed to provide the highest level of services to meet the needs of the rapidly growing private aviation sector in this region. The agreements with Gama Aviation reflect the airport's vision to develop the general aviation market in Sharjah and provide exceptional facilities to business jet owners and improve their travel experiences."
The project is currently being designed to meet the international operational standards to ensure maximum convenience and tranquility for business jet travelers. The construction will commence soon after the completion of designs, studies and obtaining the official approvals.
The agreements are part of Sharjah Airport Authority's strategy to develop the general aviation industry in order to accommodate the increasing growth of this industry in the UAE and the emirate of Sharjah.
The private jet terminal at Sharjah International Airport will be built with an investment of over Dh110 million.