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Sharjah International Airport

Airports Kinesis Consulting (AKC) has prepared for the client a complete masterplan evaluation and design for the expansion of Sharjah Airport our study was for the purpose of initiating the discussion on the potential utilization of Sharjah International Airport as an economic motor for the development of the Emirate of Sharjah.

Based on independent research and information gathered through the ACI, IATA and ICAO organizations and references obtained, our company has made a complete evaluation on the forecast traffic in order to see if the existing terminal is capable to handle the actual traffic and support the upcoming traffic.

Our evaluation of traffic forecasts as well as a complete evaluation of available data for the Emirate of Sharjah confirms that the current facilities of Sharjah International was not only are not capable of handling future traffic growth but are limiting the development of the economic benefit that the airport could have on economic and social growth of the Emirate of Sharjah.

The results of this forecast have presented a strong case for the future development of Sharjah International Airport and we have undertaken initial studies to present this case.

The result of our studies and our evaluation was very clear about the fact that an expansion of the existing airport is necessary and should occur in a systematic and Phased approach which guarantees competitiveness of the airport within the UAE.

The evaluation also concluded that to remain competitive and take advantage of the opportunities available a new terminal development to the north of existing facilities would be economical and advantageous.

All concepts, designs and images provided in this document have been prepared by the in-house designers and planners of Airports Kinesis Consulting.

What we was looking to provide through our concept is the following:
  • Ability for Sharjah International Airport to expand significantly its revenue streams
  • Ability for the Emirate of Sharjah to use the airport as a growth generator to secure future stability and independent development
  • Expansion of competitive initiatives and opportunities that will increase the position and development capabilities of the airport and the Emirate of Sharjah for attraction of foreign and local business development
  • Access to world-class facilities that can be initiated through financing which will not impact the operational control of the airport by the Emirate of Sharjah. Operation costs reduced through advanced energy concepts.
  • Growth development which will expand the opportunity of concession profitability
  • A phased approach geared towards a competitive development meeting the needs of expected airline growth
  • Increased access to leveraged development initiatives for social growth (such as schools, hospitals, residential, and welfare infrastructure) gained through the catalytic effects of airport development The above goals have been concentrated on developing the airport in an organized organic phased approach. As our preliminary work has concluded that even currently the existing infrastructure is close to maximum capacity, the necessary space to support the excess of traffic is not present in the south where the airport is actually located, so our company focused on three phases with fixed budgets :
    1. Refurbishing the existing airport by providing new systems and potential reorganization of operational facilities
    2. Expansion using a new terminal building to absorb until 2019 (14 MPAX) and all the exceeding traffic, in this phase we still use the existing runway and we extend the south side road capacity by creating additional roundabouts.
    3. Expansion of the new terminal building and creation of a new runway in order to absorb until 2039 (37 MPAX) and support high volume of ATM per hour.

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Result of our design :

GDP Impact (positive impact)

1- We expect 31% of the revenues coming directly through the output of the aviation sector (airlines, airports and ground services);

2- 25% of the revenues indirectly coming through the aviation sector’s supply chain

3- 13% through the spending by the employees of the aviation sector and its supply chain

4- 17% of the revenues coming directly from Land (renting)

5- 19% of the revenues coming from the catalytic effect and benefits from tourism (including tax revenues, tax, etc..).

Sharjah will support 28% of the excess of traffic of Dubai (contraction), generating additional revenues for the government.

Air transport to Sharjah will create three distinct types of economic benefit.

The economic benefits from a new terminal, will come from the ‘economic footprint’ of the industry, measured by its contribution to GDP, jobs and tax revenues generated by the sector and its supply chain.

But the economic value of a new expansion will be first created by the Leisure Area for tourism estimated at 45% (alternative flights for tourism in Dubai using Low Cost Carriers) the industry and the business cluster ‘Airport city’ will contribute in phase 1 for 13% of the GDP with the upcoming really interesting project of free zone. The principal benefits are created for the customer, the passenger or shipper, using the air transport service, allowing Air Arabia to grow faster and develop this activity.

Sharjah New Expansion – our solution will create a new link between emirates and markets representing an important infrastructure asset that generates benefits through enabling foreign direct investment, business clusters, specialization and other spill-overimpacts on an economy’s productive capacity.

The aviation sector will support the GDP and the employment in Sharjah, through four distinct channels :

1- Direct which is related to the output and the employment of the private operator and the firm in the aviation sector
2- Indirect which is related to the output and the employment supported and based on the supply chain (MRO, etc)
3- Induced employment and output supported by the spending of those directly or indirectly employed in the aviation sector.
4- Catalytic which represent a spillover benefits associated with the aviation sector. Some of these include the activity supported by the spending of foreign visitors travelling to Dubai via Air Arabia, and the level of trade directly enabled by the transportation of merchandise.