Cairo International Airport

Cairo International Airport

Cairo International Airport

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Cairo international airport is one of the nosiest and largest airports in Egypt and Africa, it serves as the main hub for the airlines of Egypt Air, Egypt Air express and Nile Air plus various others. The airport is located in the city of Heliopolis in the northeast of Cairo around 15 km “9.3 mi” for the city’s business area and the airport is about 37 sq km “14 sq mi“. It is known for being the second busiest airport in Africa after the O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa Johannesburg.

History of Cairo International Airport

History of Cairo International Airport - Egypt Tours Portal

The history of the Cairo airport goes back to times of the WWII when the united states army air forces built the Payne airfield which is located 5 km “3.1 mi” away from north-eastern Cairo to serve the allied forces as an air transport command air cargo and passenger hub across the north and west of Africa. When the American forces left the base at the end of the war, the civil aviation authority took over the facility and started using it for international civil aviation but in 1963 the Cairo international airport was born to replace the old one. The newly founded airport is under the administration of the Egyptian holding company for airports and air navigation that controls Cairo airport company, the national air navigation service, the Egyptian airport company, and aviation information technology.

Terminals of  Cairo International Airport

Terminals of  Cairo International Airport - Egypt Tours Portal

The airport terminal is a building where the passengers’ shifts between ground transportation and facilities that allow them to board and get off the aircraft, also it is the place where the passengers purchase tickets, transfer their luggage and go through security. The airport has 4 terminals, the third terminal which is the largest opened on 27 April 2009, terminal two reopened on 28 September 2016 after renovation works. In 2010 a third parallel runway replaced the crossing runway. The terminal facilities include the departure hall 1, the international hall 3 and hall 4 which are used for private and non-commercial aircraft services. Terminal 1 is known as the Old Airport even after given a complete overhaul recently and terminal 2 is known as the New Airport.

Cairo Airport Terminal 1

Terminal one was used by EgyptAir and several middle eastern airlines but in 2006 a number of foreign carriers like Air France and KLM transferred operations from terminal 2. It has 12 gates, an array of services and entertainment facilities to travelers. In 2010 with the renovation works all the non-star airlines moved to the terminal. All the departure and arrivals of all the airlines are departing from Terminal 1 Hall 1 with the exception of Saudia which is the sole tenant of Hall 2 of terminal 1 because the Saudia visitors account for 65% of terminal 2’s traffic in 2009. Hall 3 is the arrival of most international airlines and the airmail. Hall 4 is dedicated to private jet services and operates independently from the commercial passenger terminal.

Cairo Airport Terminal 2

Terminal 2 serves European, Gulf and East Asain airlines. The terminal was under renovations for 3 years from 2012 to 2015, it was officially opened in February 2017 when the Saudi Arabian airlines launched their first international flight from terminal 2. The terminal is 1.500 sq m and is able to hold 30 million passengers annually. The terminal has 14 gates and an additional 5 remote stands.

Cairo Airport Terminal 3

Terminal 3 is the biggest terminal in the airport, it was opened in 2009 with the capacity to handle 11 million passengers annually, six million international and five domestic. Terminal three has 23 gates, 76 immigration counter, 7 baggage carousels, 50 moving walkways and the retails space covers more than 5,000 sqm. It is connected by a bridge to terminal two. Terminal’s three landside roads include bridge and fly- over serving the traffic to and from the main terminal building. It holds a multi-story parking garage capable of holding more than 3000 cars. Next to it is the 350 room luxury five-star Le Meridien hotel which is linked to the terminal by 230 m (750 ft) long skyway.

Seasonal Flight Terminal

In 2011 the seasonal flight terminal was opened west of terminal 3, it has the capacity of 3.2 million passengers with 27 check-in counters and 7 gates with a common gate and single security concept, the first of its kind in Cairo. It handles 1200 passengers per hour.

Cairo Airport Transportation

Cairo Airport Transportation - Egypt Tours Portal

One of the terminal transfers is the mini metro people mover which links three terminals, the AirMall. It is located between terminal 2 and three. The mini metro is an air-cushioned 1.85 km (1.15 mi) system with a top- speed of 50 km/h “31 mph“. Upon arrival, there are many ways to leave the airport by limousine, shuttle bus, taxi or ant means of a public bus.

Arrival procedures of Cairo Airport

Arrival Procedures of Cairo Airport - Egypt Tours Portal

There are things every traveler needs to know before leading at Cairo international airport such as filling your arrival card which will be handed to you by the flight attendants. Follow the luggage claim will take you straight to the immigration hall. If you need to buy your visa which will cost about (25 $) or the equivalent amount in Euro which are both acceptable, then you should head to the counter of the bank located just next to the passport control office. When you have the vise stick to an empty page of your passport then processed to police immigration control with the landing card you filled previously so you can pass the police control. You will then head to the conveyer belt collect your luggage and exit through the arrival hall where you will find our employee carrying a sign with your name on it, then head to your A.C private car where you will begin your chosen tour.

Cairo Stopover Tour - Cairo International Airport - Egypt Tours Portal

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General Tips:

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound.

Friday and Saturday are the official holidays in Egypt.

Keep a tour Guide by your side to fully enjoy your time in Egypt.

Try “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, and “Koshary”.

Buy a local SIM card so you can call anyone you want.

Quality Measures:

Professional Egyptologist Tour Guides.

Modern Air-Conditioned Vehicles.

All Accommodations at 5* Hotels and Cruises.

Entrance Fees to All Sites that Mentioned at the Itinerary.

No Hidden Charges or Taxes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

The entire country of Egypt deserve to be seen with its every heavenly detail but there are places that must be seen such as the breathtaking Hurghada's red sea, The wonders of Cairo the pyramids of Giza, the great sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili, the wonders of Luxor like Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Hatshepsut temple and the wonders of Aswan like Abu Simbel temples, Philea temple, Unfinished obelisk and The Wonders of Alexandria like Qaitbat Citadel, Pompey's Pillar and Alexandria Library. Read More About the Best Places to Visit in Egypt

If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries, have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD in cash, as for the E-Visa for 30 day you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could also be one of the lucky ones who can obtain a free visa for 90 days. Read More About Egypt Travel Visa.

Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.

The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the weather is unsafe and if any changes have been made.

You should pack everything you could ever need and but in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.

We have been creating the finest vacations for more than 10 years around the most majestic destinations in Egypt. Our staff consists of the best operators, guides and drivers who dedicate all of their time & effort make you have the perfect vacation. All of our tours are customized by Travel, Financial & Time consultants to fit your every possible need during your vacation. It doesn't go without saying that your safety and comfort are our main concern priority and all of our resources will be directed to provide the best atmosphere until you return home.

You will feel safe in Egypt as the current atmosphere of the country is quite peaceful after the government took powerful measures like restructuring the entire tourist police to include all the important and tourist attractions in Egypt. Read More

Wear whatever feels right and comfortable. It is advised to wear something light, sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the terrain of Egypt.

The best activity is by far boarding a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or Vise Versa. Witness the beauty of Egypt from a hot balloon or a plane and try all the delicious Egyptian cuisines and drinks plus shopping in old Cairo. Explore the allure and wonders of the red sea in the magical city resorts of Egypt like Hurghada and many more by diving and snorkeling in the marine life or Hurghada. Behold the mesmerizing western desert by a safari trip under the heavenly Egyptian skies.

There are a lot of public holidays in Egypt too many to count either religious or nation, the most important festivals are the holy month of Ramadan which ends with Eid Al Fitr, Christmas and new years eve. Read More

Egypt is considered to be one of the most liberal Islamic countries but it has become a little bit conservative in the last couple of decades so it is advised to avoid showing your chest, shoulders or legs below the knees.

Arabic is the official language and Most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand English or at least some English words or phrases. Fewer Egyptians can speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Professional tour guides, who work in the tourism sector, are equipped to handle visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of all our clients.

The fastest way is a car, of course, a taxi. If you are in Cairo ride a white taxi to move faster or you could board the fastest way of transportation in Egypt metro if the roads are in rush hour.

The temperature in Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c. Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 °C in the wintertime to 23 °C in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 °C in the wintertime to 32 °C in the summertime. The temperature is moderate all along the coasts.

It is the home of everything a traveler might be looking for from amazing historical sites dating to more than 4000 years to enchanting city resorts & beaches. You will live the vacation you deserve as Egypt has everything you could possibly imagine.

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