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Sharjah Intl Airport

Sharjah International Airport
مطار الشارقة الدولي
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Sharjah International Airport
Location Sharjah
Hub for
  • Aerovista
  • Air Arabia
  • Air Cess
  • British Gulf International Airlines
  • Click Airways
  • Jupiter Airlines
  • Kinshasa Airways
  • Pluto Airlines
Elevation AMSL 111 ft / 34 m
Coordinates 25°19′43″N 055°31′02″E / 25.32861°N 55.51722°E / 25.32861; 55.51722
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 13,320 4,060 Asphalt

Sharjah International Airport (Arabic: مطار الشارقة الدولي‎) (IATA: SHJ, ICAO: OMSJ) is located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Sharjah Airport is the second largest Middle East Airfreight Hub in terms of cargo tonnage, according to official 2009 statistics from Airports Council International. Ground services company, Sharjah Aviation Services, handled 421,398 tonnes in 2009 - a massive 16.1% increase year on year.

Sharjah International Airport is home base of the low-cost carrier Air Arabia.


The current Sharjah Airport was built in the 1970s and was opened on 1 January 1977, replacing an airport closer to the city that had been opened in 1932 for use by Imperial Airways and which 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.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
African Express Airways Aden, Berbera, Mogadishu, Nairobi
Air Arabia Ahmedabad, Aleppo, Alexandria-El Nouzha, Almaty, Amman, Assiut, Athens, Bahrain, Bangalore, Beirut, Calicut, Casablanca, Chennai, Chittagong, Cochin, Coimbatore, Colombo, Damascus, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Goa, Hyderabad, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Jaipur, Jeddah, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kuwait, Kiev-Boryspil, Latakia, Luxor, Mumbai, Muscat, Nairobi, Nagpur, Najaf, Peshawar, Riyadh, Samara, Sana'a, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Trivandrum
Air Blue Islamabad, Lahore
Air-India Express Calicut, Cochin, Trivandrum
Anikay Air Bishkek
Aria Tour Bandar Abbas Chelyabinsk, Samara
BH Air Sofia [seasonal]
Djibouti Airlines Djibouti
EgyptAir Cairo
Indian Airlines Amritsar, Calicut, Cochin, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Trivandrum
Jet Airways Cochin
Jubba Airways Mogadishu
Kam Air Kabul
Kish Air Bandar Abbas, Kish Island
Kuban Airlines Krasnodar
Mark Air Karaganda
Nas Air Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Sialkot, Turbat
Royal Falcon Amman-Civil Marka
Saudi Arabian Airlines Jeddah, Medina, Muscat
Shaheen Air International Peshawar, Sialkot Shymkent
Sudan Airways Khartoum
Syrian Air Damascus
Tahmid Air Almaty
Tajik Air Dushanbe
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
Avient Aviation Accra, Kano, Kinshasa, Lagos, Ouagadougou, Pointe-Noire
British Gulf International Airlines Baghdad, Kandahar
Click Airways Baghdad, Bagram, Kabul, Kandahar, Bishkek, Djibouti
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo
Etihad Crystal Cargo Abu Dhabi, Kabul
Kalitta Air Amsterdam, Bahrain
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt
Martinair Cargo Amsterdam, Bahrain, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chennai, Doha, Hong Kong, Muscat, Riyadh, Singapore
Singapore Airlines Cargo Amsterdam, Atlanta, Brussels, Chennai, Dhaka, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Singapore


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

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

Incidents and accidents

  • On 15 December 1997 a Tupolev Tu-154 from Tajik Air 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.
  • On 10 February 2004, Kish Air Flight 7170, operated by a Fokker F27 crashed on approach, killing 43 of its 46 occupants, which consisted of 6 crew and 40 passengers.
  • On 7 November 2004 a Boeing 747-230 Freighter was damaged beyond repair due to an aborted take-off with insufficient length 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.
  • 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.

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General Info
Country United Arab Emirates
Time UTC+4
Latitude 25.328575
25° 19' 42.87" N
Longitude 55.517150
055° 31' 01.74" E
Elevation 111 feet
34 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 001° E (05/06)
Beacon Yes

TWR 118.6
Opr O/R
DUBAI DEP 124.45
ATIS 122.4

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
12/30 13320 x 148 feet
4060 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME SHJ SHARJAH 070X 112.3 At Field -

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil Available (Types unknown)

CAUTION REIL Rwy 30 lctd at displ thld.
FUEL PN for large quantities of AvGas. (NC-100LL, A1)
MISC Rwy 12 PCN 56/F/A/X/U. Rwy 30 PCN 50/R/A/W/U.

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