Fujairah International Airport was opened in October 1987. Credit: Adgeco Group.
The hangar at Fujairah airport can accommodate wide-body aircraft. Credit: Beer & Associates.
Aerial view of Fujairah International Airport. Credit: PalawanOz.

Fujairah International Airport is located 1.9km south of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Opened in October 1987, the airport has the capacity to handle two million passengers a year.

The airport witnessed 33,682 passengers and 9,692 aircraft movements in 2016. It is currently undergoing a major expansion and upgrade to improve facilities to cater to passenger traffic growth.

Fujairah airport expansion programme details

The Department of Civil Aviation of the Emirate of Fujairah signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with Abu Dhabi Airports in 2014 to develop a masterplan for the design, construction and management of the airport expansion and upgrade works.

Abu Dhabi Airports invited design and build expressions of interest (EOI) for the expansion of the landing field in 2015.

Abu Dhabi Airports awarded a $180m contract to a joint venture between Egyptian firm Orascom Construction and UAE-based Al Sahraa Group in March 2018, to undertake the expansion and modernisation works in two phases.

The total cost of the expansion project is estimated at $445m, which is being financed by the Federal Government of the UAE in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Airports.

Expected to be completed by 2020, the upgrade programme will contribute to the continued growth of Fujairah airport and the country’s aviation industry. It will also promote tourism and trade in the region.

Airside developments under the project

The Fujairah airport expansion project involves design and construction of a new 3,050m-long emergency runway with an airfield lighting system, a new parallel taxiway, and aircraft rescue and fire-fighting building, as well as the installation of air traffic management systems and navigational aids.

A 33kV power plant with a capacity of 40MVA of installed power, an electrical substation and distribution network will also be developed as part of the project.

Further, a new 51m-high falcon-style air traffic control tower will be built to ensure safe operations.

The expansion works will also include the upgrade and expansion of the existing runway from 45m to 60m and rapid exit taxiways, as well as the replacement of existing airfield ground and approach lighting systems.

“The airport also has a cargo terminal, which incorporates a 9,000m² cargo warehouse with cold storage facilities and livestock holding areas.”

The expanded runway will be able to accommodate Airbus A380 wide-body jet airliners.

Fujairah international airport terminal details

The passenger terminal building at Fujairah airport has three gates and 12 check-in desks. It features spacious arrival and departure lounges, which allow passengers to relax and refresh. Other passenger facilities at the terminal include duty-free shops, VIP lounges, restaurants, and cafeterias.

The airport also has a cargo terminal, which incorporates a 9,000m² cargo warehouse with cold storage facilities and livestock holding areas to facilitate cargo handling operations.

Runways, aprons and parking facilities

The existing 11/29 asphalt runway is 3,750m-long and 45m-wide. The runway safety area is 240m-long with a width of 150m.

The runway is accompanied by asphalt paved taxiways and aprons. The main apron has a length of 200m and a width of 250m. Three electrical substations supply power to the airfield ground lighting system.

An open parking area located next to the terminal entrance features five large hangars to accommodate wide-body aircraft and one aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility.

Contractors involved

Al NISR Roads & Building Contracting was contracted to provide site clearance, grading and construction works for the airside development at Fujairah International Airport.

UAE-based ineco was selected for project management and supervision of the expansion works. PMDC Company was contracted to provide project management and engineering services for the development works.

Advanced Electrical and Communication Systems (ECS) Contracting was responsible for the installation of substation, navigation aids, lighting and security systems.

Ramboll conducted a condition assessment of the infrastructures and traffic assessment at the airport during 2012 and 2013.

ERA secured a contract to supply wide area multi-lateration (WAM) system to provide surveillance at the airport in 2011. The system was approved by the Fujairah’s Department Of Civil Aviation in July 2014.