At this year’s Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Sharjah Airport shed light on its latest news, developments and projects, which are bringing it closer to achieving its target of 20 million passengers by the year 2025.
With new airlines now operating from the airport and the expansion of existing airlines, Sharjah Airport recorded a growth of 9.56 per cent in passenger movement, with more than 3.156 million passengers during Q1 of 2019, compared to 2.880 million passengers in Q1 of 2018.
There were 6,988 departures and landings in January; 6,075 in February; and 6,978 in March, which recorded the highest growth in the first quarter at 4.98 per cent when compared to March 2018.
With regards to cargo, Sharjah Airport registered more than 34,870 tonnes in the first three months of 2019 – a nine per cent rise on the corresponding period last year.
A successful quarter for the travel hub, Sharjah Airport bolstered its existing partnerships and entered into new alliances with shipping companies. This was reflected in the volume of air freight between January and the end of March 2019, increasing from 2.906 tonnes in the first quarter of 2018 to 4.372 tonnes at the end of the first quarter, for a benchmark increase of 50.45 per cent.
Chairman, Sharjah Airport Authority, HE Ali Salim Al Midfa commented: “During the first quarter of 2019, Sharjah Airport’s positive results in terms of passenger numbers, aircraft movement and freight volume reflected the Airport’s outstanding position and the continued efforts to improve our services, enhance travellers’ experiences, develop our facilities and provide passengers and customers with the best procedures.”
Al Midfa further noted: “Sharjah has succeeded in strengthening its position in terms of regional and international tourism and trade. By continuously upgrading the quality of services provided to passengers and customers, the Airport plays a pivotal role in enhancing the image of this pioneering emirate. The growth achieved by Sharjah Airport, which is in line with the growth in tourism and travel in the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE, will help the emirate achieve its vision of welcoming 10 million tourists by 2021.”