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Sharjah Airport

Sharjah International Airport
مطار الشارقة الدولي
Location of airport in UAE
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Sharjah International Airport
Serves Sharjah
Location Sharjah, UAE
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 111 ft / 34 m
Coordinates 25°19′43″N 055°31′02″E / 25.32861°N 55.51722°E / 25.32861; 55.51722

Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 12,553 4,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 6,634,570

Sharjah International Airport (Arabic: مطار الشارقة الدولي‎) (IATA: SHJICAO: OMSJ) is located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. It is spread over an area of 4,950 acres (2,000 ha)

Sharjah Airport is the second largest Middle East Airfreight Hub in terms of cargo tonnage, according to official 2009 statistics from Airports Council International. Ground services company, Sharjah Aviation Services, handled 421,398 tonnes in 2009 - a 16.1% increase year on year. It has one passenger terminal with an area of 105,300 m2.

Sharjah International Airport is home base of the low-cost carrier Air Arabia. The headquarters of Air Arabia is in the Sharjah Freight Center,[1] on the property of the airport[2] in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.[1] The center is an old cargo terminal.[2]

The airport is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) away from central Dubai; a drive that ought to take 15 minutes can take up to two hours in rush hour traffic.[2]


The current Sharjah Airport was built in the 1970s and was opened on 1 January 1977. It replaced RAF Sharjah which was closer to the city and had been opened in 1932 which was the first Airport in UAE and GCC, for use by Imperial Airways, and which was subsequently used by the RAF until 14 December 1971.[3] The reason for the move was development pressure from the city of Sharjah. The old airport's runway is now part of King Abdul Aziz Street in the city centre.[4][5][6] The airport was used by the United States Air Force 926th Tactical Fighter Group during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.[7] Approximately 450 members of the unit were stationed at the airport, which flew A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft during the conflict in late 1990 and early 1991.

Airlines and destinations

Cargo airlines


The number of passengers passing through Sharjah International Airport has drastically increased in the past decade.[8][9]

Growth in traffic at Sharjah International Airport
Year Total Passengers Total Cargo Total Aircraft Movements
1999 1,001,852 580,550 27,577
2000 948,207 475,122 25,997
2001 861,478 415,587 24,431
2002 1,028,624 497,010 24,803
2003 1,247,458 507,644 28,017
2004 1,661,941 500,927 32,334
2005 2,237,646 505,392 38,699
2006 3,064,396 569,511 44,182
2007 4,324,313 570,363 51,314
2008 5,280,445 586,677 60,813
2009 5,764,098 501,824 61,451
2011 6,600,000 n/a 63,737
2012 7,516,538 419,076 65,975

Incidents and accidents

  • On 15 December 1997 a Tupolev Tu-154 from Tajik Air flight 3183 crashed on approach to SHJ. Some 13 km from Sharjah the plane ran into terrain and 85 of the 86 occupants died. One of the seven crew members survived the disaster.[10]
  • On 10 February 2004, Kish Air Flight 7170, operated by a Fokker 50 crashed on approach, killing 43 of its 46 occupants, which consisted of 3 crew and 40 passengers.[11][12]
  • On 7 November 2004 a Boeing 747-230 Freighter was damaged beyond repair due to an aborted take-off with insufficient length runway remaining. None of the 4 crew were injured. The take-off was aborted after a report of smoke from the tower and hearing a loud bang in the cockpit.[13]
  • On 21 October 2009, Azza Transport Flight 2241, operated by a Boeing 707-320 crashed on take-off. The flight was carrying cargo only and all six crew were killed.[14][15]


External links

  • Sharjah Airport
  • DAFIF.
  • DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  • NWS
  • Aviation Safety Network
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