Sharjah Airport continued to record excellent growth rates during the first half of this year, with passenger numbers rising to 6.605 million, up 15.25 per cent compared to the first half of 2018.
The airport had 1.114 million passengers in June, a growth rate of 17.6 per cent compared to 947,200 thousand passengers in June 2018, positioning Sharjah Airport among leading airports in the region in terms of the number of passengers.
Between January and June this year, there were 41,700 air traffic movements with 40,770 scheduled flights and 908 unscheduled flights, a growth rate of 7.47 per cent as compared to 38,800 flights in the same period last year.
In terms of freight, air cargo volume rose to 78,780 tons, 10,350 tons of which were handled in June, while sea-air freight volume reached 7,930 tons between January and the end of June this year.
Ali Salim Al Midfa, chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “Sharjah Airport’s positive results in terms of the number of passengers during the first half of this year are a result of the efforts of all the organisations operating at the Airport. These genuine partnerships help to position the airport as one of the region’s best airports both regionally and globally thanks to its fast and efficient procedures and unique location. The airport has also won the confidence of the many international and regional airlines that have adopted it as the hub for their operations in the region.”
Sheikh Faisal bin Saoud Al Qassimi, director of Sharjah Airport Authority, commented: “Our commitment to providing the best services and facilities to all airlines and air freight companies at Sharjah Airport is reflected in the increasing demand from new airlines that want to take advantage of our facilities for the aviation sector. This has contributed to the growth in the number of passengers and in air cargo through the Airport, which has become one of the best options in the region for people travelling to and from the UAE.”
He thanked the airport’s customers, passengers, airlines, travel and tourism agents, freight forwarders, tour operators and airport support companies for their trust in Sharjah Airport and for using its services and facilities. - TradeArabia News Service