The arrivals area of Sharjah International Airport. For illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News

Sharjah airport is planning a massive expansion of its passenger terminal in the next four years, which will increase the capacity of Sharjah International Airport to 20 million passengers by 2027.

This was announced during the Smart Travel Initiative event held on Wednesday as part of the UAE Innovation Month being held in Sharjah from February 15 to 21.

Ali Salem Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah International Airport Authority, said the expansion of Sharjah International Airport will significantly boost and multiply the number of passengers visiting the emirate, improving the existing travel options and boosting economic growth and job creation across various sectors.

Talking about the airport expansion project, he said that the strategic  importance of the Sharjah International Airport has further grown in recent years because of its growing passenger traffic, strategic location on the main navigation and trading routes and world-class services and facilities it offers to people and companies in Sharjah and throughout the UAE.

The expansion of the Sharjah International Airport is estimated to cost Dh1.5 billion and will include latest world-class facilities. The expansion will be in several phases and features several projects, the most important of it being the expansion of the road network around the airport.

The UAE Innovation Month in Sharjah will continue throughout Sharjah until Wednesday, February 21, and supports the national innovation strategy to establish the country as a global innovation and manufacturing hub.