At the beginning of 2012, Gama Aviation, the global leader in business aviation services, took responsibility for all business aircraft handling at Sharjah Airport. Gama Aviation provides SIA with a dedicated team that works around-the-clock, 365 days a year to manage business aviation traffic. Sharjah Airport’s efficiency and ease of use is a huge attraction for business aviation, aircraft taxi times are extremely short, while fuel stops are consistently averaging the thirty minute mark. The airport’s main appeal for the industry – and resulting growth – is the availability of slots, dedicated parking and hangar space, along with its location, just twenty minutes from downtown Dubai, or five minutes by helicopter. Expansion of Gama Aviation’s services at Sharjah Airport continues with Gama Support Services FZE being awarded GCAA CAR Part 145 Approval, and they now provide line maintenance support to a variety of aircraft types. In July 2014 Gama Aviation also opened a new, exclusive, VIP terminal (FBO) at Sharjah Airport, creating a full service private aviation hub serving Sharjah, Dubai and the Northern Emirates.