SpiceJet has launched its third route to Sharjah (SHJ) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Four times weekly flights from Pune (PNQ), operated by 737-800s, will complement the airline’s existing services from Lucknow and Varanasi. Flights arrive into and depart from Sharjah in the middle of the night. This is only Pune Airport’s second international service, following in the footsteps of Air India Express’ thrice-weekly flights to Dubai. In 2012, Sharjah International Airport handled just over 7.5 million passengers, making it the third busiest airport in the UAE after Dubai (57.7 million) and Abu Dhabi (14.7 million).