The arrivals area of Sharjah International Airport. For illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News

Passenger traffic as Sharjah Airport increased 4.34 per cent in the first half of 2018, with the number of its users increasing to more than 5.731 million passengers, according to a statement released on Saturday.

The number of passengers ranged between 966.4 thousand passengers in April, 937.45 thousand passengers in May, and 947.2 thousand passengers in June.

For the first six months of 2018, regular and irregular aircraft movements registered more than 38.8 thousand movements, with an increase of 3.83 per cent. In June, the airport recorded 6.57 thousand flights.

In the first half of this year, passenger movements increased significantly to and from a number of major destinations including India, Russia, the GCC and Asia due to an increase in tourism flows from those markets.

In terms of air cargo, Sharjah Airport registered more than 64,730 tons while, from January to the end of June, the volume of sea/air cargo was 19 per cent higher compared with the same period last year.

Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “The results of the first half of this year reflect the continued growth in passenger movement and the state of development witnessed by various fields within the aviation sector in the UAE. It is also evidence of the potential of Sharjah Airport and the success of Sharjah efforts to strengthen its position as a hub for tourism and investment in the region.”