|Sharjah International Airport
مطار الشارقة الدولي
|Operator||Sharjah International Airport|
|Serves||Sharjah, United Arab Emirates|
|Time zone||UAE Standard Time (UTC+04:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||116 ft / 35 m|
Sharjah International Airport (Arabic: مطار الشارقة الدولي) (IATA: SHJ, ICAO: OMSJ) is an airport located 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi) east south east of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. It is spread over an area of 15,200,000 m2 (3,800 acres).
Sharjah Airport is the third largest Middle East airfreight hub in cargo tonnage, according to official 2015 statistics from Airports Council International. Ground services company, Sharjah Aviation Services, handled 586,195 tonnes in 2015 – a 16.1% increase year on year. It has one passenger terminal with an area of 125,000 m2 (1,350,000 sq ft).
Sharjah International Airport is home base of the low-cost carrier Air Arabia. The headquarters of Air Arabia is in the Sharjah Freight Center, on the property of the airport in Sharjah, UAE. The center is an old cargo terminal.
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 was opened in 1932. It was the first airport in UAE and the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, for use by Imperial Airways, and was subsequently used by the RAF until 14 December 1971. 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.
The airport was used by the United States Air Force 926th Tactical Fighter Group during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. 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.
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Sharjah:
|Air Arabia||Abadan, Abha, Ahmedabad, Alexandria–Borg el Arab, Al Jouf, Almaty, Amman–Queen Alia, Asmara, Assiut, Astana, Baghdad, Bahrain, Baku, Bangalore, Basra, Beirut, Cairo, Chennai, Chittagong, Coimbatore, Colombo, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, Erbil, Faisalabad, Gassim, Goa, Hambantota, Hargeisa, Hyderabad, Isfahan, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Jaipur, Jeddah, Kabul, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kiev–Boryspil, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuwait, Lar, Lamerd, Madinah, Mashhad, Moscow–Domodedovo, Moscow–Sheremetyevo (begins 1 March 2018), Mumbai, Muscat, Multan, Nagpur, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Najaf, Peshawar, Quetta, Riyadh, Salalah, Sana'a, Shiraz, Sialkot, Sohag, Sohar, Tabuk, Ta'if, Tbilisi, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Thiruvananthapuram, Trabzon, Ürümqi, Yanbu, Yerevan
Seasonal: Batumi, Bodrum (begins 13 June 2018), Qabala (begins 27 June 2018), Sarajevo
|Airblue||Islamabad, Lahore, Multan|
|Air India||Chennai, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram|
|Air India Express||Chandigarh, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Mumbai, Tiruchirappalli, Thiruvananthapuram, Varanasi|
|IndiGo||Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Thiruvananathpuram|
|Pakistan International Airlines||Turbat|
|SCAT Airlines||Seasonal: Aktau, Almaty, Astana|
|Shaheen Air||Faisalabad, , Peshawar, Sialkot|
|DHL Aviation||Amsterdam, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Lagos, Leipzig/Halle|
|Etihad Cargo||Abu Dhabi, Chittagong, Dhaka, Djibouti, Eldoret, Hong Kong, Kabul, Khartoum, Nairobi|
|Lufthansa Cargo||Bangalore, Chennai, Dammam, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Jeddah, Kolkata, Mumbai, Riyadh|
|Saudia Cargo||Jeddah, Lagos, N'Djamena, Riyadh|
|Singapore Airlines Cargo||Amsterdam, Bangalore, Brussels, Chennai, Copenhagen, Leipzig/Halle, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Singapore|
|Year||Total passengers||Total cargo||Total aircraft movements|
... the existing runway, which at 4,060 metres is the longest in the Middle East
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