UK-based air charter company Gama Aviation has opened its own business jet terminal at the UAE’s Sharjah International Airport.

The new $15m executive terminal will serve Sharjah, Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

It is part of the company’s plan to attract business passengers who need to get to the Northern Emirates quickly.

The move from Gama Aviation comes as Dubai International Airport is restricting slots for private jets during a runway closure.

"Our new lounge facility complements our dedicated hangars, maintenance facilities and fuel services."

Sharjah Airport Authority chairman H E Ali Salim Al Midfa said: "Our partnership with Gama Aviation and their initiative in providing a world-class executive terminal at Sharjah International Airport further enhances this reputation, thereby contributing to fulfilling Sharjah’s aspiration of a premier private aviation hub in the region."

Gama Aviation CEO Marwan Khalek said: "Our new lounge facility complements our dedicated hangars, maintenance facilities and fuel services.

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"Phase two is to start shortly with the development of a new hangar, which will incorporate an expanded maintenance facility, as well as a much needed increase in aircraft storage capacity."

The new private terminal is expected to strengthen private aviation operations, as well as increase Sharjah’s aviation economy by creating new employment opportunities.

Gama Aviation is also expanding its hangar at Sharjah Airport to include a maintenance facility and additional aircraft storage space.