During the first six months of 2018, Sharjah International Airport registered a 4.34 per cent jump in passengers, having served 5.731 million travellers compared to the 5.493 million during the same period last year.
During this period, passenger movements noticeably increased to and from a number of major destinations such as India, Russia, the GCC and Asia.
This healthy rise in figures is said to be a result of new expanded services for both passengers and airlines, as well as the expansion of air carriers operating out of the airport.
During the second quarter of this year, the travel hub welcomed 2.851 million passengers, representing a 3.59 jump on the corresponding period in 2017. A total of 966,400 passengers passed through the airport in April; 937,450 in May; and 947,200 in June.
During the first six months of the year, the airport witnessed over 38,800 aircraft movements, which brought forth a 3.83 per cent increase. In June alone, the airport recorded 6,570 flights.
Chairman, Sharjah Airport Authority, HE Ali Salim Al Midfa enthused on the positive results: “The emirate of Sharjah has succeeded in strengthening its position on the regional and international tourism and trade map, while Sharjah Airport plays a pivotal role in enhancing the image of this pioneering city by continuously upgrading the quality of services provided to passengers, making their travel through the Airport a distinct journey and experience.
“The results of the first half of this year reflect the continued growth in passenger movement and the state of development witnessed by various fields within the aviation sector in the UAE. It is also evidence of the potential of Sharjah Airport and the success of Sharjah efforts to strengthen its position as a hub for tourism and investment in the region,” Al Midfa added.
He further explained that the airport’s 16 smart gates, which are present in the airport’s departure and arrival halls, were used by almost 1.5 million passengers in both directions during H1 of 2018.