SHARJAH 23 July 2017: Sharjah Airport Authority signed two commercial agreements with Gama Support Services.
The first is to build and operate a new private jet terminal by Gama at Sharjah International Airport, investing over Dh110 million, while the second agreement grants 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 Sharjah Airport Authority and Richard Lineveldt, General Manager of Gama Support Services, signed the two agreements, in the presence of senior officials from both organizations.
The new project which will be constructed and operated by Gama will contribute in developing the private jet and business aviation industry in the Emirate of Sharjah.
The project spreads over more than 40,000 m2 in Sharjah International Airport premises 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.
It will include resting areas and lounges, in addition to Duty Free shops designed to meet the expectations of business jet owners, equipped with the latest technologies to expedite the passport control and customs procedures. The project will also include an aircraft fuelling unit, aircraft parking apron for business jets and car parking spaces for the terminal users and guests.
During the last few years, the general aviation market has witnessed growth in the number of business jets and private aircraft owners, and it is expected this to continue on the short and long terms.
The project is 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.
By Angel Chan