Sharjah Airport receives over 7 million passengers in first half of 2023

Increase of 24 pc over H1, 2022
/ New Delhi
Sharjah Airport receives over 7 million passengers in first half of 2023

The airport operator says that the aircraft activity at the airport exhibited an upward trajectory, with a 14 pc increase in flights

Sharjah Airport received over 7 million passengers in the period January-June 2023, recording a 24 pc rise in passenger traffic over the corresponding period of the previous year.
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The number of passengers at Sharjah Airport has risen dramatically in the first six months of the current year as over 7 million passengers passed through its terminals. In a press statement, the airport says that the traffic reflected a growth rate of over 24.4 pc compared to the corresponding period, January-June, in 2022.

The statement adds that the airport also achieved substantial growth in cargo operations, managing to handle more than 70,000 tonnes of cargo, including 6,000 tonnes of sea-air cargo. These figures highlight the airport’s essential role in facilitating trade and logistics operations, further reinforcing its reputation as a reliable and efficient cargo hub in the region.

The airport operator says that the aircraft activity at the airport exhibited an upward trajectory, with a 14 pc increase in flights, totalling over 46,900 flights during this period, in comparison to the same period last year.

The operator says that the rise in air traffic is a testament to the successful collaboration between Sharjah Airport Authority and its airline partners, as well as the airport’s commitment to provide seamless operations and exceptional facilities and digital services to its customers.

In order to meet the growing demand and enhance the airport’s operational capacity, the Authority announced the addition of six passenger flight destinations and three air cargo destinations. The new destinations include Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Ufa City and Samara City in Russia, Lar in Iran, Indore in India and Bangkok in Thailand.

The air cargo destinations, which have been newly included are Houston in the United States, Kigali in Rwanda and Nashik in India. The statement adds that this move is in line with the Authority’s aim of boosting commercial ties and contributing to the economic expansion of Sharjah and the UAE as well as improving connection with the world through sustainable growth, enhancing the infrastructure and service offerings.

Ali Salim Al Midfa

“The current achievements signify the efforts of Sharjah Airport Authority to exceed expectations of passengers and enhance their traveling experience as well as elevate Sharjah Airport’s status to become one of the top five regional airports that offer an exceptional travel experience. These accomplishments come in line with the Authority’s strategy to strengthen Sharjah Airport’s leading position and achieve sustainable growth in the aviation and cargo sectors, in accordance with the wise directives of Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to reinforce Sharjah’s position on the world travel map,” says Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority.

“We are constantly extending Sharjah Airport’s network in order to deliver exceptional customer experiences in accordance with best international standards. We are optimistic that the addition of more destinations will provide us with more travel and logistics opportunities,” he adds.

Sharjah Airport Authority says it works relentlessly to develop and enhance the services offered to customers by streamlining check-in and registration procedures, offering amenities and state-of-the-art facilities, developing the infrastructure and employing cutting-edge technologies to cater to the requirements of travellers and ensure a seamless travel experience. The extension of Sharjah Airport will increase the airport’s capacity from 8 to 20 million people per year, and it reflects the Authority’s objective to continue the developmental activities to guarantee the delivery of pioneering services in the aviation and air cargo sectors.

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