The executive air charter firm Gama Aviation has been spending US$15 million to expand its hangar and construct its personal terminal at Sharjah International Airport to accommodate business aircraft.
The company is making the investment in Sharjah focusing on the business passengers who are in need of fast services to fly out of the northern part of the UAE.
Gama Aviation has to adopt this venture since Dubai International Airport limits slots for private aircraft during shutting down of runways and the newly set up facility in Dubai World Central.
The Chief Executive of Gama Aviation - Marwan Khalek revealed, We are saying to people if you are using a business aircraft, now you have an alternative.
He further said, If Dubai International is not the most convenient location for you and you feel geographically this is a better option for you, then don t be put off by coming from here. The main benefit that people derive from business aviation is to save time. That s really our biggest unique selling point.
Sharjah airport being a smaller airport, the traffic volumes are less busy than other airports. What people are interested in is the door-to-door time.
Apart from these moves, Gama is also involved in the expansion of its Sharjah airport-based hangar and will set up a maintenance facility as well as add capacity into its aircraft storage space.
Mr. Halek stated, The most important thing that you will see is the development of our hangar facility, which we have the plot of land agreed with the airport. He added, We will be breaking ground sometime within the second half of this year. We expect this hangar to be operational within the second half of next year.
Since 2012, Gama Aviation, which is based at Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom, has been operating in Sharjah.