Gama Aviation will build a new $30 million business aviation terminal, as well as two large-capacity hangars, at the UAE's Sharjah International Airport. Capacity restrictions and congestion at Dubai International and proximity to the financial districts of Dubai have triggered a 45-percent rise in business aviation traffic to Sharjah in the first quarter of 2017. (Photo: Gama Aviation)
Farnborough, UK-based Gama Aviation has signed commercial agreements with Sharjah Airport Authority to build and operate a $30 million, 430,600-sq-ft (40,000-sq-m) private jet terminal as the sole provider of ground services to the general aviation sector at Sharjah International Airport in the UAE.
Capacity restrictions and congestion at Dubai International and proximity to the financial districts of Dubai have triggered a rise in business aviation traffic to Sharjah. “In the first quarter, our Sharjah International FBO saw a 45 percent rise in aircraft movements compared to the same period last year,” said Oliver Hewson, Gama Aviation’s commercial manager.
Once the new facility is ready, expected within two years, the old one will close. To make room for anticipated growth, the new facilities “will allow us to integrate our FBO handling, parking, hangar and maintenance infrastructure, all in one business aviation center,” he added. Presently, Gama Aviation manages all aspects of the current Sharjah FBO. It has lounge staff, landside handling assistants, airside handling coordinators, porters and customs and immigrant officials present 24/7. Because the Middle East business aviation market is dominated by heavy jets, two hangars with a capacity of two BBJs or ACJs each are also being constructed.