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Sharjah International Airport ( ) is located in Sharjahmarker, United Arab Emiratesmarker.

It is an important cargo airport and home base of the low-cost carrier Air Arabia.

It is also one of the largest ingress points for Afghan heroin transported by air.


During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Force Air Transport Command. It functioned as a stopover en-route to Bahrain International Airportmarker, Bahrainmarker or Jiwani Airportmarker, Pakistanmarker on the Karachimarker-Cairomarker route.

The airport was also 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

Cargo airlines


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 10 July 1960 a Douglas DC-3 crashed near Sharjah. The plane was en route to Sharjah and had radiocontact with the tower. The radiocontact was later lost and the plane was never found again. All 16 occupants, including 3 crew died.
  • 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 crewmembers 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.


  3. print of ATC routes in 1945
  4. USAF Historical Research Agency Document 00874269
  5. statistics on the official site
  6. AviationSafety.Net database on plane: VT-DGS, retrieved 9 May 2009
  7. database on EY85281, retrieved 9 May 2009
  8. Khaleej Times Online: article about Kish Air crash
  9. database on plane: TF-APR, retrieved 9 May 2009

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