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Thu 15 Feb 2007 11:26 AM

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Sharjah airport traffic sky high

The emirate's airport handled 3.64m passengers in 2006, up 36.9% on the year before.

The Sharjah International Airport has registered a new record in air traffic, cargo and passenger movements to and from the airport, according to the Emirates News Agency.

Statistics released by the Airport's authority showed that passenger movement through the airport increased by 36.9% to reach 3.64 million compared to 2.237 million in 2005.

Air traffic also surged by 14.2% to reach 44,182 flights last year against 38,699 flights recorded in 2005. Air cargo was up by 12.69%.

The growth in passenger numbers in Sharjah is greater than that in neighbouring Dubai. DXB airport saw a 15% rise in numbers in Janurary-September last year, compared to the same period in 2005.

Sharjah airport is where Air Arabia - the main low-cost airline in the UAE - is based. The airline has ambitious expansion plans and plans an initial public offering this year.

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