Sharjah International Airport has added 200 more weekly flights to the airport’s summer timetable from this week. The boost in air-traffic comes partly as a result of the shutdown of two of Dubai International Airport’s runways for scheduled maintenance. Dubai International announced a 26 percent cut in the number of flights from 1 May to 20 July 2014, due to the repairs
Both passenger and cargo flights have been temporarily moved to Sharjah International, including flights from Air India, Air India Express, Cebu Pacific (Philippines), Jet Airways (India), Qatar Airways SpiceJet (India) and Sri Lankan Airlines. Jet Airways and SpiceJet already operated flights from Sharjah International and have moved additional flights from Dubai during the airport’s runway repairs. AeroLogic, the joint venture cargo airline of DHL Express, Lufthansa Cargo and Saudia Cargo have also moved flights from Dubai to Sharjah.
Sharjah is a hub for a number of international passenger and cargo airlines including the Sharjah-headquartered budget carrier Air Arabia, which serves 90 destinations in the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Europe and carried 6.1 million passengers in 2013.
Sharjah International Airport recently announced an 8 percent increase in passenger traffic during the first three months of 2014 (compared with the first quarter of 2013), with 16,373 take-offs and landings and a total of 2.25 million passengers handled. The international airport also handled 51,045 tonnes of air-freight and 7,289 tonnes of sea-air cargo during the first quarter of 2014.
Source: Gulf News, Sharjah International Airport