Bechtel to masterplan Sharjah Airport expansion

Air Arabia's base has plans to grow passenger numbers to 15mn by 2020

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Bechtel has been appointed by the Sharjah Airport Authority to provide masterplanning services for a phased expansion of Sharjah International Airport.

The company is to conduct a study of the airport's short and long term needs, which is expected to take about eight months to complete.

The authority will then prioritise projects that they will need to undertake to facilitate passenger growth.

Sharjah International Airport is home to the low-cost carrier Air Arabia and last year carried 8.5mn passengers. This figure is expected to grow to more than 15mn over the next 20 years.

The chairman of Sharjah airport Authoity, Mr. Ali Salim Al Mifda, said: "All concerned stakeholders are now looking forward to working with Bechtel to provide various options for optimal land use, identifying critical areas of infrastructure need. We will then seek governmental guidance on progressing this phased growth of the airport. ”

Bechtel's managing director for aviation, Chris Dering, added: "Sharjah International Airport has an important part to play in establishing the Emirate as a commercial and trade hub, and we look forward to working with the Authority on this project.”

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