Serco, the international service company, today announces that it has signed a contract with Sharjah Civil Aviation Department to continue to provide air navigation services at Sharjah International Airport. Serco will also be responsible for training Emirati Nationals to become qualified air traffic controllers (ATC) and ATC assistants. The three-year contract is valued at £7m.
Serco, and its predecessor IAL, have delivered services to Sharjah International Airport since 1947 when it was a stopover point for flights en-route to India and Australia. It has since expanded significantly, and in 2012 the airport achieved a 12 per cent growth in passenger numbers, supported by Serco's high quality air traffic control operations.
Serco will continue to support the development and the growth of Sharjah International Airport, namely by supporting the refurbishment of the air traffic control tower and the commissioning of the new runway, and by maintaining the provision of safe and efficient air traffic services for all the passengers.
David Greer, CEO of Serco Middle East, India and Africa, said: "The award of this contract to continue to deliver air navigation services at Sharjah International Airport demonstrates the trust and confidence our customer has in Serco. We will ensure, through our highly qualified staff, that we continue providing excellent services to support the development and growth of the airport."
His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Essam Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Civil Aviation Department, said: "Signing a contract with a company that has such a long and established experience in the field of air navigation services will allow us to provide the best possible service in this area, especially since Sharjah International Airport has been witnessing an active increase in aircraft movements year on year. Our collaboration with Serco will ensure smooth aircraft movements as well as full compliance to matters of safety at the airport, especially during aircraft landing and takeoff. The contract also includes the training of Emirati Nationals to become future Air Traffic Controllers and Air Traffic Controllers Assistants. This is in line with our ambition to provide young Nationals with knowledge and skills that enable them to perform their duties and responsibilities with great efficiency, and hold positions with important functions."