The UAE’s Sharjah International Airport has a new entrance route in the form of a $23.2m (AED85m) bridge.

Sharjah’s Directorate of Public Works (DPW) has completed the 1.2km road network for the airport, which includes the 330m suspended bridge.

Ali Salim Al Midfa, chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA), said the bridge is part of a comprehensive plan to accommodate the growing number of passengers traveling through the Sharjah airport.

“The comprehensive plan includes the construction of the bridge and the development of an alternate road, which is approximately 2.1km long, along two tracks that will run into four routes,” he continued.

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“[This] will contribute to the upgrading of roads leading to the airport and includes construction of more than 1,000 additional parking spaces, in addition to a rainwater drainage network in the parking area and the area near the airport.

“The project will reduce pressure on the current bridge utilised by airport users and residents in surrounding areas, and ease the entry and exit of passengers and road users by separating the movement of travelers from the surrounding residential areas, as well as reducing congestion due to the large number of vehicles in the area during the morning and afternoon peak hours.”

Midfa said the comprehensive revamp plan was developed by SAA under the directives of HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, attended to by HH Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Council.

The bridge was inaugurated at a ceremony attended by Midfa; Ali Bin Shaheen Al Suwaidi, chairman of DPW; Sheikh Khalid Bin Issam Al Qasimi, chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation in Sharjah; and Sheikh Faisal bin Sauod Al Qasimi, director of SAA, according to WAM.