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New runway nearing completion at UAE airport

New runway nearing completion at UAE airport
5 Mar 2014

Work to build a new runway at Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates is 80% complete, according to reports. 

Once finished, the strip of tarmac will allow the airport to receive wide-body aircraft without restrictions, enabling international carriers to expand their operations, Emirates 24/7 reports. 

Commenting on the project, Ali Salim Al Midfa, the chairman of the Sharjah Airport Authority, said that it had been pursued 'in order to  further enhance the image of the Emirate, and to cope with the increasing growth in passenger numbers and aircraft movements during the past years'. 

The new runway is just over 4km in length and 60m wide, and features two taxiways and ten connecting corridors.

Last year, Sharjah handled more than 8.5m passengers, up almost 1m year on year and around eight times the amount of people who transited through the facility in 2003. ADNFCR-408-ID-801700494-ADNFCR

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