The UAE’s Sharjah Airport Authority has announced that the number of passengers travelling through the airport reached 15.3 million in 2023, as compared to 13.1 million in 2022, a 17.4% increase.
Total air traffic increased 12.5% YoY with over 98,000 flight movements in 2023 as compared to around 87,000 in 2022. Total cargo volumes handled through Sharjah Airport during the year 2023 was over 141,000 tonnes.
Part of the reason for the surge in passenger numbers are seven new destinations including Kuala Lumpur City in Malaysia, Kazan and Samara cities in Russia, Lar in Iran, Indore in India, Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand. It also added three new destinations for air cargo including Houston in the United States, Kigali in Rwanda and Nasik in India.
HE Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “We will continue our expansion and development efforts in line with our aim to enhance the infrastructure and services provided, especially in the realm of self-travel to meet the expectations of the airline community, keeping our focus on offering distinctive travel experience for all passengers while expanding the airport’s network and connectivity.”
Originally built to replace an old RAF airstrip dating from the 1930s, Sharjah Airport has grown substantially in the 21st century. Passenger numbers were under a million in the early 2000s but expanded when the airport became the hub for the newly formed LCC Air Arabia in 2003.