Sharjah Airport Authority has announced a deal with Gama Support Services to invest more than Dhs110m ($30m) in a new private jet terminal.
The facility will be constructed and operated by Gama over an area of 40,000 square metres at Sharjah International Airport.
It will comprise two private jet hangars with a capacity of two large Boeing Business Jets each, a terminal with resting areas, lounges and Duty Free Shops, an aircraft fuelling unit, an aircraft parking apron and a car park for terminal users.
A second agreement gives Gama the sole right to provide ground-handling services to business jet owners, business jets and crew members at the terminal.
“Our new partnership with Gama will add to our ability to provide the highest level of services to our customers in the private and business jet industry,” said HE Ali Salim Al Midfa, chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority.
“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.”
Gama general amanger Richard Lineveldt said the company, which has operated from Sharjah International since 2012, would look to make the airport the preferred choice for business jet operators.
Construction of the terminal will begin soon after the completion of designs, studies and obtaining the official approvals.
It will likely compete for traffic with the recently opened VIP terminal at Dubai World Central due to its closer proximity to locations like Dubai Downtown.