Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) has started issuing tenders for the $408m Sharjah International Airport expansion project.

The project involves the relocation of utilities, building substructure, superstructure skeleton, and other associated works.

The comprehensive plan prepared by the SAA includes the expansion of the terminal building and will see the airport’s capacity rise to 20 million passengers by 2025.

Officials said that the exterior will resemble the wing of a plane and will end in a structure understood to have its design based on an open book.

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The expansion project will include two departure halls and two passport control areas to maintain the smooth flow of passengers through the airport.

A new VIP lounge with separate entrances and exits will also be established to cater to business passengers in the UAE.

According to officials, the support services buildings are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, while the project will be finished in the third quarter of 2022.

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Parsons International has been appointed to manage the project with a $14m contract.

As part of the overall development project, Sharjah Airport Authority signed three agreements worth $27.2m in May 2018.

Under these agreements, ADP Ingénierie has been appointed to design the airport expansion project and supervise the construction work under an order valued at $18.24m.

Metito Overseas has been appointed to handle the design and construction of the sewage plant with a $7.07m contract, and Core Engineering Consultancy was named consultant for the project to demolish certain buildings.

The main contract for the expansion project is expected to be awarded by the second week of August.

The Directorate of Public Works has already completed a 1,200m road network for Sharjah Airport, including a 330m suspended bridge, at a cost of $23.1m.

Furthermore, 1,120 parking spaces have been created for employees, visitors, and customers.