Move To Boost Cargo Activity At Sharjah International
The Government of
Sharjah and Air BP have joined to operate and build a new $32
million jet fuel facility designed to boost Sharjah International
Airport's operational capabilities.
The new facility at the growing cargo hub will increase its
potential refueling capacity as planned by northern emirate's
projected aviation industry growth as part of the deal signed, and
The 42,900 ton state-of-the-art facility is located in the
Hamriyah Free Zone and comprises a 484,300 square foot jet fuel
storage terminal and a 28-mile long pipeline linked directly with
the airport, according to the Middle East North Africa Financial
The development coincides with the rapid growth of Sharjah's
aviation industry spearheaded partly by Air Arabia's following its
launch a few years ago as the region's first low cost carrier.
Cargo traffic has also reached record highs in recent years with
Sharjah Airport now considered one of the region's largest cargo
"This is a major milestone in Sharjah's bid to cement its
credentials as a forward planning regional aviation hub for both
passenger and cargo traffic and is in line with our urban planning
policies aimed at reducing road congestion and CO2 emissions," said
Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Sharjah Petroleum
"The new facility is a highly strategic asset and it will
provide a solid growth platform for Sharjah's aviation sector and
its flagship airline Air Arabia, whilst introducing internationally
accepted safety and environmental standards for the emirate's
people, today and for the future."
The facility will be
managed by Anabeeb, a joint venture set up between the Government
of Sharjah and Air BP, which was instrumental in the design and
build-up of the project.
"Air BP is proud to have contributed to the strategic
achievement of Anabeeb. This project has enabled BP to contribute
its expertise and utilize state-of-the-art technology and
monitoring equipment to ensure a safe and reliable service to the
airport. Air BP Chief Executive Officer, Rita Griffin
Air BP is the largest fuel supplier to Air Arabia, and is a 49%
partner in Sharjah Aviation Services Co (SASCO) which manages the
fuel systems and Into-Plane services at the airport.