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Sharjah passenger numbers up 7 percent

According to April 2015 figures just announced by Sharjah Airport Authority, 814,648 passengers were handled by Sharjah International Airport last month, a 7 percent increase on the 761,313 passengers handled during April 2014. Overall, airport passenger numbers have grown 6 percent during the first four months of the year, compared with 2014, with 3.2 million passengers passing through the airport.

Sharjah International Airport recorded a total of 5,823 aircraft movements in April 2015, increased by 4.47 percent compared to 5,574 in April 2014.  A total of 22,688 aircraft movements were recorded over the first four months, 3 percent higher than the first four months of last year.

Sharjah-headquartered Air Arabia, the largest low-cost carrier operator in the Middle East and North Africa, is a key driver of Sharjah airport traffic and carried 6.8  million passengers during 2014 via hubs in Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Egypt and Morocco. The airline recently announced  a 9 percent rise in first-quarter net profit as a result of an increase in passengers this year.

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

The airport opened a AED 500 million (US$ 136m) airport runway last year, capable of handling the new generation of ‘super-jumbos’. Meanwhile, a master plan for the expansion of the airport, developed by American engineering firm Bechtel, is currently under study by the Government of Sharjah.

Sharjah Airport Authority expects traffic through the airport to continue to grow over the summer period.

Source: Sharjah International Airport, Air Arabia

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