Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) is in full gear to welcome an expected influx of Hajj pilgrims during the peak travel season.
Its hub, Sharjah International Airport (SIA), which is expecting to receive more than 1.1 million passengers on both scheduled and non-scheduled flights this August, has finalised arrangements for all procedures needed to ensure a comfortable travel experience for pilgrims, families and all other passengers.
SAA expects air traffic at the airport to soar this month, due to increased frequencies among airlines to accommodate the heightened demand for travel over the Eid Al Adha holiday.
In collaboration with strategic partners at SIA, SAA has taken the necessary measures to accommodate passengers, particularly pilgrims. SAA staff will direct the pilgrims to designated lounges in order to facilitate procedures to the greatest extent possible.
“Hajj pilgrimage and the Eid Al Adha holiday are important seasons for Sharjah Airport,” stated chairman, SAA, HE Ali Salim Al Midfa. “The number of passengers will peak due to the additional flights that will accommodate the high demand, which necessitates the provision of faster travel procedures while maintaining the highest level of service. Due to the level of services it provides, SIA is an important transit point for Hajj trips to Saudi Arabia.”
The hub has taken a number of measures to assist travellers, especially families, from the moment they arrive at its facility until they board their flights. These measures include increasing the number of staff at all basic departments, as well as using smart gates to accommodate the increasing traffic flow at the airport, in order to ensure that the travel experience is as comfortable as possible for passengers.