Passenger traffic at Sharjah International Airport grew by 4 percent during the third quarter of 2017, compared with the same period of 2016, handling 2.996 million passengers. Summer travel drove Q3 growth with the airport handling 1 million passengers during July and 1.1 million passengers during August. Performance during the three months also beat that of Q1 and Q2 this year, which registered 2 percent and 3 percent growth respectively.
Sharjah International Airport saw 3.39 percent growth in passenger traffic over the first nine months of 2017, compared with the same period of 2016, handling 8.611 million passengers compared with 8.336 million in 2016.
July and August were the first months of this year that exceeded one million passengers, with growth being supported by airline promotions, additional summer flights and the Sharjah Summer tourism promotion campaign.
Air Arabia offered discount promotions over the summer and added new routes to Hargeisa in Somaliland and Sohar in Oman (which now operates 16 flights per week), plus a summer season non-stop service to the historic Turkish port city of Trabzon. Meanwhile, Air India Express operated some 40 additional flights from Kerala and Delhi to Sharjah for India’s Hindu Onam festival between 22 August and 4 September.
Last week, Sharjah International Airport received its first Rossiya Airlines flight from Saint Petersburg and Ekaterinburg in Russia. The airline will operate two Boeing 737-800 flights weekly from October 2017 until March 2018. Saint Petersburg based Rossiya Airlines is a fully owned subsidiary of Aeroflot.
Sharjah Airport Authority recently appointed US engineering consultancy Parsons Overseas Limited to oversee the US$400 million (AED 1.46b) expansion of Sharjah International Airport. The airport plans to increase capacity to welcome 25 million passengers by the year 2027.