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Sharjah airport sees 12% passenger growth

Sharjah International Airport passenger traffic increased 12 percent in 2014 to 9.5 million passengers, compared with 8.5 million during 2013. The airport has enjoyed accelerated growth over the past three years, achieving 13 percent passenger growth in both 2012 and 2013, in line with its goal of handling 25 million passengers by the year 2025.

A total of 70,559 flights took off and landed at the airport during 2014, increasing 6.5 percent compared to 2013. However, cargo handled by the airport decreased to 240,000 tonnes in 2014, compared with 295,402 tonnes in 2013.

Sharjah International is a hub for a number of international passenger and cargo airlines including the Sharjah-headquartered Air Arabia, the region’s largest low-cost carrier, serving 100 destinations in the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Europe. The airline carried 6.1 million passengers in 2013 and 5.1 million passengers during the first nine months of 2014.

The airport opened a AED 500 million (US$ 136m) airport runway in October last year, significantly expanding the airport’s capacity and adding capability for large and new-generation ICAO Code F aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and Boeings B747-8 Intercontinental and B747-8 freighter.

Source: Sharjah International Airport

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