CH2M Hill completes Sharjah runway work

New runway will give Sharjah International the capability to handle Airbus A380s and Boeing 747-800s

Sharjah International Airport.
Sharjah International Airport.

CH2M Hill Halcrow has announced that it has completed a project to build a new $136mn runway at Sharjah International Airport.

The new runway was opened in the presence of Sharjah's ruler, HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qassimi, on 22 October.

CH2M Hill carried out the design and supervision works for the new, 4,060m-long runway, which is 60m wide. It has two taxiways and ten conecting corridors. The work also involved building 15km of service roads, 10km of security fencing and a new rainwater drainage network.

It took two years to complete and means the airport now has the capacity to handle the biggest aircraft including Airbus A380s and Boeing 747-800s.

New safety systems were also included which will allow planes to land in foggy conditions.

Neil Reynolds, CH2M Hill's regional managing director for the Middle East, North Africa and India, said: "Having worked in the Emirate of Sharjah for over five decades, we are proud to have had the opportunity to play a significant role delivering this new runway . It marks another milestone in our long-standing relationship with this key client and also furthers our record in delivering complex aviation infrastructure."

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