Sharjah International Airport reported an 11.55 percent increase in passenger traffic in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year.
The Sharjah Airport Authority said the airport welcomed more than 5.35 million passengers from January to June, compared to 4.79 million passengers for the same period last year, news agency WAM reported.
There were more than 36,000 aircraft movements registered in the first half of this year, reflecting an increase of 5.74 percent, compared to 34,000 in the same period last year.
Air cargo handled in the same period of this year exceeded 92,000 tons, while the sea-air cargo was more than 6,000 tons.
Ali Salim Al Midfa, chairman of the Sharjah Airport Authority, said in comments published by WAM: "The positive performance in passenger traffic in this period was due to the opening of new airlines and flights to new destinations.
"It also reflects the attractiveness of the emirate as a business and tourism destination with more passengers choosing Sharjah International Airport as their gateway to the rest of the region and other destinations."
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