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Fujairah Airport Ramp Tour 2022
The airport of Fujairah City, a sleepy town located 80 miles east of Dubai, is well known in the aviation scene but more or less in a negative sense. Back in 2015, the small airport became popular on the media because three planes spotters from the UK were arrested over allegations of suspicious behaviour and sent to jail for several weeks. They were considered a threat to "national security". Since that the airport is a "no go" area for aviation enthusiast! But what is so fascinating about the airport, which don't offer a single schedule passenger flight? The answer is pretty simple if you look at the images below. Dozens of classics aircraft are stored across the field, from various Soviet Union types like the IL-76, AN-24 and even the IL-62, to US types like the Boeing 727, 707 and Lockheed Tristar. Fujairah is definitely the airport with the greatest density of rare aircraft types and provides some incentive for aviation enthusiasts.
Even if the airport is absolutely not recommend to visit for planespotting because of the well known security concerns, our author Jeremy Denton was able to arrange a private ramp tour back in September 2022.
We would like to make it clear right away, that this was a one-time affair and we will not pass on any contact details or any sort of additional information!
Part 1 - Maintenance
The maintenance facility have licences to do heavy checks on IL-76, B747 (200 + 300 versions), B737 classic, CRJ2, A300 and A320. Three companies were noted, 1 per hangar, one on the left (Arabic company), middle (large one) is Skyteq and last one on the right is Hawker Pacific. On the right side new cover hangars which should be available later this year.
Part 2 - Cargo, Terminal & Storage
The cargo ramp and passenger airport terminal are next to each other and share the same ramp. The cargo terminal will be destroyed and a brand new/larger ramp will be built. The new larger cargo terminal is already under construction on the south east side (right next to the new tower). The future of the small storage area north of the terminal is not yet defined. It seems they scrap or move the few aircraft left there to the huge graveyard on the south.
Part 3 - Graveyard
This is the most interesting part, but also a very unsafe place because it is nearby military facilities. It was very difficult to make pictures and most of the time (apart for the AN24 line-up) I had to be in the car and photograph out of it while the my guy was driving. Absolutely no pictures of military facility/equipments have to be taken! Two Apache helicopters in the nearby hangars were spotted.