International Airport was opened on January 1st 1977 and is
located 10 km (6.21 miles) south-east of the center of the
city and about 15 km (9.31 miles) from Dubai. The airport
is located opposite to the Sharjah University and is positioned
at latitude 25º 19 N, longitude 55º 30 E. Sharjah
was the first emirate to contain an airfield, which was build
in 1932 by Imperial Airways (British Airways) as a stopover
for flights to India and Australia. The airfield was handed
over to the Sharjah government when the British influence
left the area in 1968.
Intl. Airport has only one runway which extends 4km (2.5 miles),
1 passenger terminal, 4 cargo terminals, 25 aircraft stands,
and 8 departure gates. The passenger terminal contains prayer
areas, a travel agency, internet facilities, restaurants,
postal services, money exchanges, a medical clinic, and
duty free shopping. The airport also started providing a special
attention service from 2001 called Hala
Services. Though the airport handles passenger aircrafts,
the airport is known more for its air cargo facilities.
Transportation from the Airport
easy mobility to town after arriving at the airport, there
are three paid means of transportation. The Sharjah Airport
City-Link bus service runs 6 to 12 times a day, transporting
passengers from the arrivals exit to the center of the city
for a fee of Dhs. 3 (US$ 1).
It is also possible to take an airport taxi, which normally
costs around Dhs. 20 (US$ 6), and be driven to your desired
destination, or you can rent a car from any of the car rental/hire
companies that have offices at that airport.
Hotels and Accommodations
The Sharjah Airport Hotel [+971 (6) 558 1110] is located within
the airport premises. It is a 3 star hotel with 100 rooms
and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel provides a free pickup
and drop-off service from the airport. All other hotels are
found in the main city area, which can be reached by any of
the transportation means mentioned above.
The Sharjah International Airport has a travel agency division
known as Sharjah Airport Travel Agency (SATA), which has offices
in the airport [+971 (6) 508 4080] and the city center [+971 (6) 561
8888]. The airport also contains a freezone on its premises,
Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone).
The information included on this page is as accurate as possible
at the time of its writing. The variants of the word Sharjah
are Ash Shariqah and Sharja.