Ali Bin Shaheen Al Suwaidi and Ali Salim Al Midfa and other officials inaugurated a new access to Sharjah airport. Image Credit: Sharjah International Airport

Sharjah: Traffic movement around Sharjah International Aiport is set to ease with a new bridge and an upgraded network of roads around the airport opened to public on Sunday.

The 330-metre-long bridge gives an additional access to the airport for traffic from either end of Airport Road.

Ali Bin Shaheen Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Directorate of Public Works (DPW), and Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA), inaugurated the new entrance to Sharjah Airport on Sunday.

Apart from the bridge, the Dh85-million project includes a 1.2-km road project, providing direct access to Sharjah Airport for passengers coming from Sharjah and other emirates.

The project is part of a series of development projects approved by SAA designed to improve operational processes, increase capacity, and upgrade services that reflect Sharjah Airport as an important gateway to the world.

It will also help to accommodate the rapid growth of passengers at Sharjah Airport.

“The project comes within the framework of the comprehensive plan set by SAA under the directives of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, in order to accommodate the expected growth in the number of passengers travelling through the airport in coming years,” said Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of SAA.

He added that the comprehensive plan includes development of an alternative road, which is approximately 2.1 kilometres long, along two tracks that link up four routes, contributing to the upgrading of roads leading to the airport.

The plan also includes construction of more than 1,000 additional parking spaces that will accommodate passengers and airport staff vehicles, in addition to a rainwater drainage network in the parking area and the area near the airport.

“The development around Sharjah Airport is a continuous process that keeps pace with the growth witnessed by the airport, annually, both in the number of passengers and in the movement of cargo. The airport has benefited from the prestigious position of the emirate of Sharjah and its geographical location as a link between the East and the West,” Al Midfa added.

Ali Bin Shaheen Al Suwaidi, Chairman of DPW, said the new project will reduce pressure on the current bridge, while separating the movement of travellers from the surrounding residential areas as well as reducing congestion due to the large number of vehicles in the area, particularly during peak hours.