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Sharjah International Airport

Sharjah International Airport
مطار الشارقة الدولي
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Sharjah International Airport
Serves Sharjah, UAE
Hub for
Time zone UAE Standard Time (UTC+04:00)
Elevation AMSL 116 ft / 35 m
OMSJ is located in United Arab Emirates
Location in the UAE
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 4,060 13,320 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 11,993,887
Movements 98,786
Cargo tonnage 586,195
Sources: UAE AIP[1]
Statistics from Sharjah International Airport[2]

Sharjah International Airport (ICAO: OMSJ is an airport located 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi)[1] east south east of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. It is spread over an area of 15,200,000 m2 (3,800 acres).[3]


  • Overview 1
  • History 2
  • Facilities 3
  • Airlines and destinations 4
    • Passenger airlines 4.1
    • Cargo airlines 4.2
  • Statistics 5
  • Ground transport 6
  • Incidents and accidents 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


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,[4] on the property of the airport[5] in Sharjah, UAE.[4] The center is an old cargo terminal.[5]


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.[6] 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.[7][8][9]

The airport was used by the United States Air Force 926th Tactical Fighter Group during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.[10] 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 airport resides at an elevation of 116 feet (35 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 12/30 with an asphalt surface measuring 4,060 m × 60 m (13,320 ft × 197 ft).[1][11]

Airlines and destinations

Passenger airlines

Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 767 landing at Sharjah International Airport.
Syrian Air Boeing 747SP landing at Sharjah International Airport.
Airlines Destinations
African Express Airways Berbera, Hargeisa, Mogadishu, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Wajir
Air Arabia Al Jouf, Almaty, Amman-Queen Alia, Ankara, Assiut, Astana,[12] Baghdad,[13] Bahrain, Bangalore, Basra, Beirut, Chennai, Chittagong, Cochin, Cairo, Coimbatore, Colombo, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Donetsk, Erbil, Ercan, Gassim, Goa, Hambantota,[14] Hyderabad, Isfahan,[15] Istanbul-Sabiha Gokcen, Jaipur, Jeddah, Kabul, Karachi, Kathmandu, Kharkiv, Khartoum, Kiev-Boryspil, Kozhikode, Kuwait, Lar, Lamerd,[15] Luxor, Madinah, Mashhad, Moscow-Domodedovo, Mumbai, Muscat, Multan, Nagpur, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Najaf, Odessa, Peshawar, Faisalabad [16] Quetta, Riyadh, Salalah, Sana'a, Shiraz, Shymkent,[17] Sialkot,[18] Sohag, Tabuk,[19] Ta'if, Tbilisi,[20] Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Thiruvanathapuram, Ürümqi,[21] Yanbu, Yerevan
Airblue Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Karachi
Air India Chennai, Cochin, Kozhikode, Thiruvanathapuram
Air India Express Cochin, Kozhikode, Thiruvanathapuram, Varanasi[22]
AtlasGlobal Istanbul-Ataturk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gokcen[23]
EgyptAir Cairo
Felix Airways Riyan Mukalla, Sana'a (All suspended)[24]
Flynas Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh
Jet Airways Cochin
Pakistan International Airlines Turbat[25]
Orenair Moscow-Sheremetyevo, St Petersburg, Volgograd
Primera Air Malmö
RusLine Makhachkala[26]
Qatar Airways Doha[27]
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
SCAT Seasonal: Almaty, Astana
Shaheen Air Peshawar, Sialkot
SriLankan Airlines
operated by Mihin Lanka
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
Atlas Air Hong Kong, Lagos
Avient Aviation Freetown, Lagos, Liège, Monrovia[28]
Cargolux Karachi, Luxembourg
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi, Chittagong, Dhaka, Djibouti, Eldoret, Hong Kong, Kabul, Khartoum, Nairobi—Jomo Kenyatta
Kalitta Air Amsterdam, Bahrain
Lufthansa Cargo Bangalore, Chennai, Dammam, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Jeddah, Kolkata, Mumbai, Riyadh
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha
RUS Aviation Baghdad, Bagram, Basra, Bishkek, Djibouti, Dushanbe, Erbil, Kabul, Kandahar, Sulaymaniyah[29]
Saudia Cargo Jeddah, Lagos, N'Djamena, Riyadh
Singapore Airlines Cargo Amsterdam, Bangalore, Brussels, Chennai, Lagos, Leipzig/Halle, London-Heathrow, Singapore
Southern Air Hong Kong, Leipzig/Halle
TMA Cargo Amsterdam, Beirut, Riyadh, Tripoli[30]


The number of passengers passing through Sharjah International Airport has drastically increased in the past decade.[2][31]

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 6,600,000 417,116 63,737
2012 7,516,538 475,116 65,975
2013 8,505,268 493,402 66,247
2014 9,516,600 528,250 70,559
2015 11,993,887 586,195 98,786

Ground transport

The airport is 15 km (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.[5]

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.[32]
  • 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.[33][34]
  • On 7 November 2004 a Boeing 747-230 Freighter was damaged beyond repair due to an aborted take-off with insufficient 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.[35]
  • 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.[36][37]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ a b c United Arab Emirates AIP (login required)
  2. ^ a b "Airport Statistics". Sharjah International Airport. 
  3. ^ Information for Prospective Airline
  4. ^ a b "Contact Info." Air Arabia. Retrieved on 21 June 2010. "Air Arabia (UAE) Air Arabia Head Quarters Sharjah Freight Center (Cargo), near Sharjah International Airport P.O. Box 132 Sharjah, United Arab Emirates"
  5. ^ a b c Sobie, Brendan. "Low cost & regionals: Arabian pioneers." Flight International. 23 April 2007. Retrieved on 8 February 2011. "Air Arabia's headquarters is hidden in a dated cargo terminal at Sharjah airport, a 15km (9 miles) drive from central Dubai, which should take 15 minutes but can take up to two hours during rush hour."
  6. ^ "Stations-S". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Airports and ATC: nothing but the best", Flight International, 30 July 1977, p.354 (online archive version). Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  8. ^ History of Sharjah. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  9. ^ Sharjah – How to Get There. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  10. ^ USAF Historical Research Agency Document 00874269
  11. ^ "Yearbook & Directory 2010" ( 
  12. ^ "Air Arabia adds Astana to Kazakhstan network". Al Bawaba. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Air Arabia start Sharjah-Baghdad route from March 2013
  14. ^ Air Arabia launching new Sri Lankan destination
  15. ^ a b "World Stock Markets & Stock Index Performance - Businessweek". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Air Arabia Moves Forward Faisalabad Launch to Sep 2015". 25 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Air Arabia. Новый рейс Шымкент-Шарджа-Шымкент". International Travel plus. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  18. ^ Air Arabia launching Sialkot
  19. ^
  20. ^ Air Arabia" In Tbilisi International Airport""". TAV Airports Holding Co. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Air Arabia to Launch Urumqi Service from Feb 2015". Airline Route. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "AtlasGlobal Adds Istanbul - Sharjah Route in S15". 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  24. ^ Ghattas, Abir. "Yemen's No Fly Zone: Thousands of Yemenis are Stranded Abroad". Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  25. ^ PM PIA schedule for Sharjah
  26. ^ L, J (11 April 2013). "RusLine Adds New Service to Sharjah from April 2013". Routesonline / Routes. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  27. ^ "Press Release - Qatar Airways". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  28. ^ Avient Aviation Schedule from Sharjah
  29. ^ "RUS Aviation - Reliable Unique Services". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  30. ^ TMA Cargo Schedule Destinations
  31. ^ Sharjah airport records 14% growth in passengers
  32. ^ database on EY85281, retrieved 9 May 2009
  33. ^ Khaleej Times Online: article about Kish Air crash
  34. ^ "AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT 01/04" (PDF). General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  35. ^ database on plane:TF-APR, retrieved 9 May 2009
  36. ^ "Six dead as cargo plane crashes at Sharjah Airport". Arabian Business. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  37. ^ "UAE crashed cargo plane owned by Sudan's Azza Air". Reuters. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 

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