Englewood, CO – CH2M HILL, the global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, last week celebrated the opening of a new runway at the United Arab Emirates’ Sharjah International Airport.
The project, which consists of the main runway spanning 4,060 meters and a width of 60 meters, has two taxi ways and ten connecting corridors, which will secure the landing aircraft out of the main runway in the shortest time.
Also included were the implementation of a 15 km services road, and the construction of a security fence extending for 10 km, as well as implementation of the rain water drainage network.
Completed in two years using international aviation infrastructure experts, the runway is built to the highest international standards and allows for an increase in passenger and cargo capacity.
This new runway reinforces Sharjah International Airport’s role as a gateway to the Emirate of Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates.
The new runway will allow for unrestricted operations of the largest aircraft including Airbus A380, Boeing 747-800, and Antonov 124/225 type aircraft. Eight new link taxiways and two high-speed runway exits were constructed as part of the same project.
These additions will increase the connectivity between the runway, passenger terminal, and cargo aprons.
The new runway also equips Sharjah Airport with modern aeronautical lighting and airfield systems, which will increase safety standards and allow operations in reduced levels of visibility, allowing aircraft to land in foggy conditions.
The installed infrastructure has built-in allowances for equipment to be easily upgraded to allow operations in further reduced levels of visibility in the future.
Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M HILL is a consulting, design, design-build, operations and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environment, nuclear, energy, facilities and urban environments.
The firm has more than 26,000 employees worldwide and generated $6.6 billion in revenue in 2013.