Sharjah Airport

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Follow the growth and development of Sharjah Airport in these major milestones from 1932, when the first airfield opened up, until now.

  • 1932 First airfield built in Al Mahatta, Sharjah as a stopover from the UK to India
  • 1977 Sharjah Airport opens, complete with striking architectural features
  • 1979 Establishment of the Freight Centre
  • 1999 Expansion of the Freight Centre
  • 2003 Air Arabia, the MENA region’s first low-cost carrier, makes its inaugural flight from Sharjah Airport
  • 2008 Expansion of passenger terminal building
  • 2014 New 4,060m runway officially opens; it is one of the region’s longest runways
  • 2016 More than 11 million passengers pass through Sharjah Airport, which is up 10% from 2015
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