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Sharjah Airport Authority to showcase cutting-edge technologies and expansion plans for Sharjah Airport at ITB Berlin 2024

Sunday March 3rd, 2024

Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) is all set to participate at the ITB Berlin 2024, a global platform that brings together exhibitors, business leaders, and experts from the tourism and travel sector. The Authority will unveil the latest developments, services, and amenities offered by Sharjah Airport, highlighting its commitment to transforming airport experiences through the expansion of its technology infrastructure and comprehensive digital transformation.

Under the umbrella of Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority, the SAA’s participation is part of its ongoing efforts to enhance Sharjah’s position as a thriving tourist and economic destination by establishing connections with leading international companies and expanding the network of destinations at Sharjah Airport. Through its participation at the event, SAA seeks to enhance its global presence and foster connections with the global leaders of the tourism and travel sector.

H.E. Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “During our participation at ITB Berlin 2024, we are committed to reviewing the Airport’s expansion plans, services, and facilities offered to customers. The exhibition has gained an increasing global significance, attracting a larger number of participants from 165 countries worldwide this year.”

His Excellency added: “This premier trade exhibition offers us a platform to showcase Sharjah Airport’s recent accomplishments over the past year, which played a crucial role in enhancing the Airport’s capacity to meet the increasing travel needs at Sharjah Airport. During the event, we will also highlight the improvements made in the infrastructure of digital services and the amenities offered to passengers.”

This year, Sharjah Airport Travel Agency (SATA) – a one-stop-shop for airline reservations, customised holiday packages, cruises, hotel reservations and global visa services, and one of the UAE’s fastest growing travel agencies – will participate at ITB Berlin. The agency aims to strengthen its communication channels with international companies and explore new prospects of collaboration through its participation at the global exhibition.

SAA’s annual participation in the ITB Berlin is an integral part of its international agenda. This year, its participation holds special significance due to the commencement of the passenger terminal expansion project. Additionally, Sharjah Airport has achieved its highest performance to date, having welcomed over 15.3 million passengers in 2023.

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Sharjah Airport Authority welcomes KQ Cargo to its cargo operations

Saturday March 2nd, 2024

Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) has included Kenya Airways Cargo into Sharjah Airport’s operating cargo companies. This inclusion is in line with the Authority’s strategy to position the Airport as a leading international cargo hub, adhering to the highest standards and best practices in the air cargo industry. To mark this milestone, a reception was hosted by the Authority in the presence of HE Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, HE Sheikh Faisal Bin Saoud Al Qassimi, Director of Sharjah Airport Authority, Honoruble Cosmas Kimutai Sigei, Chargé D’affaires, the Kenyan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director & CEO of Kenya Airways Cargo, along with a group of directors and representatives of the Authority and Kenya Airways and a number of visitors from both countries. This initiative underscores SAA’s dedication to fortifying and enhancing its partnerships with strategic allies, further offering passengers a distinctive and exceptional journey through premium services.

Four direct weekly flights will be operated by the Kenyan carrier from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, to Sharjah Airport using B737F cargo aircraft.

HE Ali Salim Al Midfa said: “Sharjah Airport Authority is keen to develop the logistical aspect of the airport’s business and enhance cargo services for its clients, supported by a robust strategy designed to strengthen the airport’s position on the travel map. We are proud of our extensive partnerships with international shipping companies that contribute to expanding the destinations available to customers, especially with the ongoing development of the shipping hub and our commitment to providing shipping services aligning with the highest approved standards.”

Allan Kilavuka said: “The United Arab Emirates is ranked among the top exports and imports trading partner for Kenya and other African countries. This trade constitutes around 10 per cent of UAE’s total trade. The launch of KQ cargo flights from Sharjah to African cities is therefore significant in tapping into this growing demand that will catalyse business growth within the Middle East and Africa. Our new Boeing 737-800 Freighters offers increased cargo capacity, a range of up to 7 hours out of Sharjah to destinations across Africa and is available for charters.”

Dedicated to providing vital infrastructure for both regional and global airlines, as well as cargo companies, Sharjah Airport Authority is focused on ensuring seamless operations at Sharjah Airport. The key goal is to broaden the range of destinations on a global scale, offering customers a varied array of choices. Additionally, the Authority aims to enhance the overall efficiency of the airport, enabling expedited responses to specialised freight operations that require specific attention, including handling, shipping and storage.

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