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The number of passengers at Sharjah Airport increased to 12 million in 2018
(31 January 2019)


Sharjah Airport records a new number of passengers handled in 2018. With over 12.04 million passengers in 2018 and 11.36 million in 2017, the year-on-year growth was 6%. The number of scheduled and unscheduled flights also increased by 4.68% in 2018, with  77.62 thousand flights in 2017 and more than 81.26 thousand flights last year.

Sharjah Airport’s remarkable success is the result of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and the excellent services that the Airport provides to both passengers and partners. Sharjah is the preferred airport for many international airlines entering the region’s markets.

Air freight traffic through the Airport reached 132.66 thousand tons in 2018, the sea-air freight increased by 27.27% to 13.64 thousand tons. The highest number of passengers handled 1.211 million was recorded in August, and the Airport recorded the highest growth rate - 13.33% - in June. In terms of aircraft movements, the number of flights peaked in August with 7,708 trips, while the highest growth rate - 10.39% - was recorded in July.

HE Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said, “We are pleased with Sharjah Airport’s achievements last year; these are the results of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and of His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Sharjah Executive Council, who follows up on the Airport’s plans and strategies, which are in line with developments in the domestic and international aviation sectors and travel markets.”

His Excellency added, “Sharjah Airport’s excellent results in 2018 in terms of the growth in the number of passengers, flights and freight reflects the Airport’s outstanding status, which is rising steadily based on programs and plans designed to ensure that the Airport keeps up with the Emirate of Sharjah’s developments in different areas in line with the aspirations of our wise leadership and the expectations of passengers and customers.” 

His Excellency explained that all levels of the Airport’s management are keen to continue working with all partners and are always exploring opportunities to enhance the airport’s capacity, to keep pace with the development and expansion and to fulfil the needs of different market sectors.

H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Saud Al Qassimi, Director of Sharjah Airport Authority, emphasised that Sharjah’s unique position as an economic, commercial, tourism and cultural centre was the foundation for the Airport’s successes in 2018. He said that the Airport would continue to develop and grow, upgrading its services and implementing ongoing plans for development. He extended his thanks to the Airport’s users - which include passengers, customers, airlines, strategic partners, travel agents, private tour operators and private companies supporting the Airport’s operations - for trusting Sharjah Airport and using its services and facilities.

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