Sharjah Airport signs two agreements with Gama Support Services
The construction will commence soon after the completion of designs, studies, and obtaining the official approvals
Sharjah Airport Authority has signed two commercial agreements with Gama Support Services, the first of which is to build and operate a new private jet terminal by Gama at Sharjah International Airport, investing more than AED110 million (US $29.9 million).
The second agreement grants Gama the right to provide ground handling services to business jet owners, business jets, and crew members at the terminal.
Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority Ali Salim Al Midfa and Gama Support Services general manager Richard Lineveldt signed the two agreements.
The new project which will be constructed and operated by Gama will contribute in developing the private jet and business aviation industry in the emirate of Sharjah.
The project spreads over more than 40,000m2 in Sharjah International Airport premises and comprises two private jet hangars with a capacity of two large BBJs each and a hi-tech terminal for business jet owners and crew members.
It will also include resting areas and lounges, in addition to Duty Free shops and passport control and customs procedures.
The project will also include an aircraft fuelling unit, aircraft parking apron for business jets, and car parking spaces for the terminal users and guests.
Al Midfa said: “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.
“This partnership is an important step in the process of developing the private aviation industry in Sharjah, by providing more facilities and services to jet owners who use their private jets to travel around the world.”
Lineveldt said: “We are proud of our presence at Sharjah International Airport. The agreements we have signed and the investment we are making here reflects our confidence in the prospective business of Sharjah economy as we have received excellent support from Sharjah Airport Authority and the Department of Civil Aviation.
“During the last few years, the general aviation market has witnessed growth in the number of business jets and private aircraft owners, and we expect this to continue on the short and long terms. Since the launch of its operations at Sharjah International Airport in 2012, Gama Aviation has significantly expanded its customer base in the private aviation industry.”
He added that: “Gama Aviation, being the sole service provider of ground services to the general aviation sector in Sharjah International Airport, will provide various services and facilities to cater to the business jet owners and jet crew members.
“Gama Aviation will also extend its cooperation with the local and international flight management companies to make Sharjah International Airport the preferred choice for business jet operators.
HE Sheikh Faisal bin Sauod Al Qassimi, director of Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “Sharjah International Airport is committed to provide the highest level of services to meet the needs of the rapidly growing private aviation sector in this region.
“The agreements with Gama Aviation reflect the airport’s vision to develop the general aviation market in Sharjah and provide exceptional facilities to business jet owners and improve their travel experiences.”
The project is currently being designed to meet the international operational standards to ensure convenience for business jet travellers. The construction will commence soon after the completion of designs, studies, and obtaining the official approvals.