Chairman, Directorate of Public Works (DPW), HE Engineer Ali Bin Shaheen Al Suwaidi and chairman, Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA), HE Ali Salim Al Midfa recently launched a new and improved entrance to Sharjah International Airport.
The new project, worth $23.14 million and completed by DPW, entails a new, 1,200m road network for Sharjah Airport, including a suspended bridge that extends more than 330m, which grants direct access to the travel hub for those travelling from Sharjah and other emirates.
This upgrade forms part of a number of development projects approved by SAA, which aim to streamline operational processes, increase capacity and upgrade services.
Al Midfa commented: “The project of developing the new entrance to Sharjah Airport comes within the framework of the comprehensive plan set by SAA, in order to accommodate the expected growth in the number of passengers travelling through the airport in coming years. The comprehensive plan includes the construction of the bridge and the development of an alternative road.”
He continued: “The development process at Sharjah Airport and the surrounding roads is a continuous process that keeps pace with the growth witnessed by the airport annually, both in the number of passengers and in the movement of cargo. The airport has benefited from the prestigious position of Sharjah, and its geographical location as a link between the East and the West, strengthening its position on the world travel and shipping map, as reflected by the figures and growth rates achieved by the airport annually.”
The new bridge project was approved at the Sharjah Executive Council meeting in August 2016 and is part of the Council’s initiatives to develop the emirate’s infrastructure and provide the best facilities, services and road networks.