Dubai: Sharjah Airport Authority, the operator of Sharjah International Airport, denied on Thursday media reports that it will open a new passenger terminal in April 2018, saying that there was no terminal under construction in the first place.

A source at the Authority told Gulf News that while there is an expansion project underway, there is not going to be a new terminal. This follows reports on Wednesday that construction on a new terminal was almost complete and that it will open in April.

The expansion project was publicly announced earlier, and involves a plan to increase the airport’s capacity to handle up to 20 million passengers by 2027. This will involve expanding the existing area of the airport.

In March 2017, Sharjah Airport Authority awarded project management rights to Parsons Overseas Limited, which will now manage the Dh1.5-billion expansion project of the airport.

The expansion will be carried out over a number of phases, the Authority said at the time, and will include expanding the roads to and from the airport, as well as adding facilities to increase the ability of the airport to handle capacity.

The source at the airport authority said that Parsons is expected to start construction works on the project in 2018, but no date has yet been announced.

Parsons Overseas has other operations in the UAE, including a contract it won to design and supervise the infrastructure development of the site of the Dubai Expo 2020.