Sharjah International Airport was used by 2.88 million passengers during the first quarter of 2018, marking a 5.1 percent increase year-on-year.
This brings the average monthly traffic in the quarter to over 960,000 passengers, up from 913,000 passengers in the same quarter of 2017, state news agency WAM reported.
During the period from early January to the end of March 2018, the number of scheduled and non-scheduled flights increased by 4.69 percent to 19,441 flights, compared to 18,569 flights in the same period last year.
The volume of cargo handled during the same period was 42,987 tonnes.
The figures come as more details have been revealed about a AED1.5 billion ($410 million) expansion plan at Sharjah International Airport.
These include the expansion of the passenger terminal over the next four years, which will increase the capacity of Sharjah International Airport to 20 million passengers by 2027.
The expansion will also include using modern facilities such as smart gateways facilitating fast passenger movement and considerably shortening processing time.
The expansion will be completed in several phases and will feature several projects, the most important of which will be the expansion of the local road network serving the airport.
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