Sharjah International Airport

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The Sharjah International Airport - IATA abbreviation SHJ - is the third largest airport in the United Arab Emirates, it is located 13 kilometers east of the city of Sharjah.

The airport is a major cargo airports in the Middle East and is also served by Lufthansa Cargo and Condor service.

Furthermore, the airport is the home base of the low-cost airline Air Arabia.


The current Sharjah Airport was built in the 1970s and opened on 1 January 1977.

He replaced the old city situated closer to the airport earlier. This was opened in 1932 and, in particular operated by Imperial Airways. He was the first airport in the states of present-day Gulf Cooperation Council. Later, it took until 1971 the Royal Air Force as a Royal Air Force station Sharjah, Sharjah short RAF was last here including a season Avro Shackleton. The former runway is now part of the King Abdul Aziz Street in the city center.

During Operation Desert Shield / Storm 1990/1991 A-10 Thunderbolt II bombers were stationed the United States Air Force here.

Transport links

From the airport, highway 88 runs to the Corniche ( coastal road ) from Sharjah and intersects the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, which is connected via a motorway junction.


  • On 10 February 2004 crashed on landing a Fokker F-50 Kish Air, with 43 ​​of the 46 passengers died.
  • On 21 October 2009 a cargo plane crashed the Azza Transport Boeing 707 shortly after takeoff near the airport in the desert. All six crew members lost their life.