Sharjah International Airport

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Sharjah Airport

مطار الشارقة
Sharjah IA Logo.png
Sharjah - International (SHJ - OMSJ) AN0609523.jpg
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OperatorSharjah Airport
ServesSharjah, United Arab Emirates
Hub for
Time zoneUAE Standard Time (UTC+04:00)
Elevation AMSL116 ft / 35 m
Coordinates25°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 4,060 13,320 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Cargo tonnage213,348
Sources: UAE AIP[1]
Statistics from Sharjah International Airport[2]

Sharjah Airport (Arabic: مطار الشارقة‎) (IATA: SHJ, 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]


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.


The current Sharjah Airport was built in the 1970s and was opened on 1 January 1977. On 20 August 1977 Concorde 202 G-BBDG, which came from Filton and refuelled at Damascus landed at Sharjah Airport. The aircraft also made a short flight display over the city.

The BAe party was headed by Sir Geoffrey Tuttle, which received a great welcome, the whole party were also given watches and a few received magnificent swords as well.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8][9][10]

The airport was used by the United States Air Force 926th Tactical Fighter Group during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.[11] 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][12]

Financial services at the airport include banking, ATMs and exchange centres.[13]

Founded in 1985, Sharjah Airport Travel Agency (SATA) is owned by the Sharjah Airport Authority, Government of Sharjah and has 14 branches in the UAE, including one on the first floor of the main terminal at Sharjah Airport.[14]

There are two prayer rooms available, one in the transit area of the Arrivals Terminal and the other in the ground floor of the Departures Terminal. In addition to this there are mosques in both the East and West Cargo Terminals 3 and 4.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aerial view
Terminal interior
Terminal interior
A British Airways Concorde in Sharjah on 20 August 1977

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Sharjah:[15]

Air Arabia Abadan, Abha, Ahmedabad, Alexandria–Borg el Arab, Al Jouf, Almaty, Amman–Queen Alia, Asmara,[16] Assiut, Baghdad, Bahrain, Baku,[17] Bengaluru, Basra, Beirut, Bishkek,[18] Cairo, Chennai, Chittagong, Coimbatore, Colombo–Bandaranaike, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, Erbil, Faisalabad, Gassim, Goa, Grozny, Hargeisa,[19] Hyderabad, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir, Jaipur, Jeddah, Jizan, Kabul, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kiev–Boryspil, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur–International,[20] Kuwait, Lar, Lamerd, Mashhad, Medina, Moscow–Domodedovo, Mumbai, Muscat, Multan, Nagpur, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Najaf, Nur-Sultan, Peshawar, Prague, Quetta, Riyadh, Salalah, Shiraz, Sialkot, Sohag, Sohar, Tabuk, Ta'if, Tbilisi, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Thiruvananthapuram, Trabzon, Tunis[18] Vienna,[21] Yanbu, Yerevan
Seasonal: Antalya, Batumi, Bodrum,[22] Qabala,[23] Sarajevo
Airblue Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar
Air India Goa, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram
Air India Express Chandigarh, Kannur,[24] Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Mumbai, Surat,[25] Tiruchirappalli, Thiruvananthapuram, Varanasi
Air Peace Lagos[26]
Cham Wings Airlines Damascus[27]
EgyptAir Cairo
IndiGo Amritsar,[28] Hyderabad, Lucknow, Thiruvananathpuram
Pakistan International Airlines Multan, Peshawar,[29] Sialkot,[30] Turbat
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen[31]
SCAT Airlines Seasonal: Aktau,[32] Almaty, Nur-Sultan
SkyUp Seasonal: Kharkiv, Lviv,[33] Zaporizhia[33]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[34]
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent


DHL Aviation Amsterdam, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Lagos, Leipzig/Halle
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo
Lufthansa Cargo Bangalore, Chennai, Dammam, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Jeddah, Kolkata, Mumbai, Riyadh
Singapore Airlines Cargo Amsterdam, Brussels, London–Heathrow, Singapore
UPS Airlines Louisville


Traffic at Sharjah International Airport[2][35]
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[edit]

The airport is 15 km (9.3 mi) away from central Dubai.[5]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 15 December 1997 a Tupolev Tu-154 from Tajikistan Airlines 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.[36]
  • 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.[37][38]
  • 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 four crew were injured. The take-off was aborted after a report of smoke from the tower and hearing a loud bang in the cockpit.[39]
  • On 21 October 2009, Azza Transport Flight 2241, operated by a Boeing 707–320, crashed on take-off. The flight was only carrying cargo and all six crew members were killed.[40][41]
  • On 3 September 2010, UPS Airlines Flight 6 developed an in-flight fire in the cargo hold and attempted to land at Sharjah (following an unsuccessful landing attempt at Dubai International Airport) but lost control and crashed, killing the two crew members on board.

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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  3. ^ "Information for Prospective Airline". Archived from the original on 30 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Contact Info Archived 20 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine." 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 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."
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External links[edit]

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