The new Ajman International Airport is expected to welcome more than one million passengers in the first three years of operation, according to a feasibility study by aviation specialists ICTS Europe and Booz Allen Hamilton, an international consultancy firm.
Construction of the airport, to be built by a Spanish consortium at a total cost of Dh12 billion, is due to start by the second half of this year, subject to approval from the Federal Aviation Authority. The project will be executed in two phases - the first phase is expected to be completed in 18 months the second phase could take up to 36 months, with final completion in 2011.
The project will feature exclusive passenger, cargo, commercial and residential areas. The new airport's operations will be dedicated 65 per cent for cargo and 35 per cent for passenger transport. Currently, the UAE has 45 per cent of the cargo service share in the Middle East.
The airport project will be built on a total area of six million sq m. The first phase of the project will consist of the main terminal buildings for arrivals and departures, runway, cargo complex aviation school, airplanes maintenance workshops, free zone and commercial area of 90 towers.