Cairo International Airport is one of Egypt’s major airports and the primary hub for national carrier Egypt Air. The airport is located 15km north-east of the city.
The airport is administered by the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation, which controls four companies: Cairo Airport Company, Egyptian Airports Company, National Air Navigation Services and Aviation Information Technology, and the Cairo Airport Authority (CAA), which is the regulatory body.
Cairo International is the second busiest airport in Africa after Johannesburg International in South Africa. Cairo handles 40 million passengers annually. The airport has three terminals. The third terminal was inaugurated on 18 December 2008.
There are also three runways and a single cargo terminal (the third runway opened in 2010). Runway 05R/23L is 4,000m long and is suitable for the Airbus A380; 05L/23R has a length of 4,000m and 16/34 is 3,180m (all of the runways are 60m wide).
The airport has the potential to be a major hub with its positioning between Africa, the Middle East and Europe (especially with facilities for the A380).
New facilities and ongoing projects at Cairo International Airport include an automated people mover (APM), a multi-storey car park and real estate projects.
The APM, which will be integrated into the airport infrastructure, resembles a cable car system, and will be located between the second and third terminals. The track length is 1.8km and connects the first terminal, the air mall, the multi-storey car park, and terminals 2 and 3. The multi-storey car park is located in the terminal 2 car park area and opened in June 2011.
A new five-star hotel will also be constructed in front of the new terminal. It will be connected to the new terminal through a 230m-long skyway, which will be equipped with travelators. It will open in 2012.
Realising the current and future potential growth of the Egyptian air cargo industry, the airport is developing a cargo facility named the Cairo Cargo City (CCC). Hamza & Associates and Lufthansa Consulting have designed the required infrastructure for the CCC.