Sharjah International Airport

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Sharjah International Airport
مطار الشارقة الدولي
Sharjah IA Logo.png
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
Coordinates 25°19′45″N 055°30′58″E / 25.32917°N 55.51611°E / 25.32917; 55.51611Coordinates: 25°19′45″N 055°30′58″E / 25.32917°N 55.51611°E / 25.32917; 55.51611
OMSJ is located in United Arab Emirates
Location in the UAE
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 4,063 13,330 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 7,516,538
Movements 65,975
Sources: UAE AIP[1]
Statistics from Sharjah International Airport[2]

Sharjah International Airport (Arabic: مطار الشارقة الدولي‎) IATA: SHJICAO: 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 3,593,390 m2 (887.95 acres).[3]


Sharjah Airport is the second largest Middle East airfreight hub in cargo tonnage, according to official 2009 statistics from Airports Council International. Ground services company, Sharjah Aviation Services, handled 421,398 tonnes in 2009 – a 16.1% increase year on year. It has one passenger terminal with an area of 105,300 m2 (1,133,000 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 4,063 m × 45 m (13,330 ft × 148 ft).[1][11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger airlines[edit]

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 Abadan, Abha, Ahmedabad, Alexandria-Borg el Arab, 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 (begins 1 April 2015), [15] Istanbul-Sabiha Gokcen, Jaipur, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Jeddah, Kabul, Karachi, Kathmandu, Kazan,[16] Kharkiv, Khartoum, Kiev-Boryspil, Kozhikode, Krasnodar,[17] Kuwait, Lar, Lamerd (begins 17 March 2015), [18] Luxor, Madinah, Mashhad, Moscow-Domodedovo, Mumbai, Muscat, Nagpur, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Najaf, Odessa, Peshawar, Riyadh, Rostov-on-Don, Salalah, Samara,[17] Sana'a, Sanandaj (begins 12 March 2015), [19] Shiraz, Shymkent,[20] Sialkot,[21] Sohag, Ta'if, Tbilisi,[22] Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Thiruvanathapuram, Ufa, Ürümqi,[23] Yanbu, Yekaterinburg, Yerevan
Airblue Islamabad, Lahore, Multan (Begins 10 April 2015), Karachi
Air India Amritsar, Chennai, Cochin, Kozhikode, Thiruvanathapuram, Visakhapatnam
Air India Express Cochin, Kozhikode, Thiruvanathapuram, Lucknow[24]
Atlasjet Istanbul-Ataturk
EgyptAir Cairo
Felix Airways Riyan Mukalla, Sana'a
Flynas Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh
Jet Airways Cochin
Kish Air Kish Island
Mihin Lanka Colombo
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Karachi, Multan, Peshawar, Turbat[25]
Orenair Charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo, St Petersburg, Volgograd
Primera Air Seasonal: Malmö
RusLine Makhachkala[26]
Qatar Airways Doha[27]
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
SCAT Seasonal: Almaty, Astana
Shaheen Air Peshawar, Sialkot
SpiceJet Pune (ends 14 April 2015)[28]
Sudan Airways Khartoum
Tajik Air Dushanbe
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Atlas Air Hong Kong, Lagos
Avient Aviation Freetown, Lagos, Liège, Monrovia[29]
British Gulf International Airlines Kandahar
Cargolux Karachi, Luxembourg
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi, Djibouti, Eldoret, Kabul, Nairobi[30]
Kalitta Air Amsterdam, Bahrain
Lufthansa Cargo Bangalore, Chennai, Dammam, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Jeddah, Kolkata, Mumbai, Riyadh
Midex Airlines Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif, Karachi
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha
RUS Aviation Baghdad, Bagram, Basra, Bishkek, Djibouti, Dushanbe, Erbil, Kabul, Kandahar, Sulaymaniyah[31]
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[32]


The number of passengers passing through Sharjah International Airport has drastically increased in the past decade.[2][33]

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 6,600,000 493,116 63,737
2012 7,516,538 419,076 65,975
2013 8,505,268 295,402 66,247
2014 9,516,600 237,250 70,559

Ground transport[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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.[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.[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
  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" (PDF). Sharjah International Airport. ... the existing runway, which at 4,060 metres is the longest in the Middle East 
  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. ^
  16. ^ "Air Arabia launches service to Kazan". Arabian Aerospace. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  17. ^ a b L, J (16 October 2014). "Air Arabia Adds New Service to Russia / Georgia from late-Oct 2014". Airline Route. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  18. ^
  19. ^
  20. ^ "Air Arabia. Новый рейс Шымкент-Шарджа-Шымкент". International Travel plus. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  21. ^ Air Arabia launching Sialkot
  22. ^ ""Air Arabia" In Tbilisi International Airport". TAV Airports Holding Co. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Air Arabia to Launch Urumqi Service from Feb 2015". Airline Route. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  24. ^
  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. ^ QR to launch DWC
  28. ^ "SpiceJet set to replace Sharjah service with Dubai flight". 
  29. ^ Avient Aviation Schedule from Sharjah
  30. ^ Etihad Cargo Route Map and Schedule
  31. ^ [1]
  32. ^ TMA Cargo Schedule Destinations
  33. ^ Sharjah airport records 14% growth in passengers
  34. ^ database on EY85281, retrieved 9 May 2009
  35. ^ Khaleej Times Online: article about Kish Air crash
  36. ^ "AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT 01/04". General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  37. ^ database on plane:TF-APR, retrieved 9 May 2009
  38. ^ "Six dead as cargo plane crashes at Sharjah Airport". Arabian Business. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  39. ^ "UAE crashed cargo plane owned by Sudan's Azza Air". Reuters. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Sharjah International Airport at Wikimedia Commons