Cairo International Airport


The history of the establishment of Cairo International Airport as a civil airport dates back to the establishment of the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority in 1945 AD, which moved to it after the end of the Second World War - all Egyptian airports and aviation facilities that were under British administration to the Egyptian side, including the military base “Paine Field” which was Under British administration to serve allied forces in World War II.


  • The new Civil Aviation Authority began preparing an international civil airport on the land of Pine Field base to accommodate the largest number of traffic, so the travel and arrival halls were expanded to accommodate the movement of passengers coming and leaving the Egyptian territory.


  • In 1946, the name of the airport was changed from “Paine Field” Airport to Farouk I Airport, and the number of passengers traveling through the airport this year reached nearly 200,000.


  • After the July Revolution, the name of the airport was changed from “Farouk I Airport” to “Cairo Airport.”


  • In 1955, some studies were conducted to build a new passenger building instead of the old one, in order to keep pace with the increasing traffic, and the site of the new building was chosen between the two main runways, and construction work began in 1957.


  • On March 18, 1963, the airport was opened experimentally - while Cairo Airport was officially opened on May 18, 1963, in the presence of the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser.


  • The capacity of Cairo Airport at that time reached 5 million passengers annually.


  • The expansions continued until the total capacity of Cairo International Airport reached at the present time to more than 30 million passengers annually after the construction and operation of the new Terminal 2 with a capacity of 7 and a half million passengers annually.


  • Cairo Airport has three runways capable of accommodating the largest models. The number of passenger terminals for travel and arrival is three main buildings: the old Terminal 1, Terminal 2 (the newest buildings) and Terminal 3 dedicated to EgyptAir and Star Alliance flights, in addition to a terminal Seasonal Hajj and Umrah flights and Terminal 4 designated for private aviation.


  • Cairo Airport is served by two control towers equipped with the latest air navigation equipment and systems.


  • Cairo Airport is one of the largest airports in the African continent in terms of area, capacity, and volume of travel traffic. Cairo Airport is also a hub for air traffic between East and West and serves many international airlines, especially in transit passenger traffic.


  • Cairo Airport is considered the gateway to the African continent in air traffic, and the development and expansion of Cairo International Airport continues, through the implementation of many projects in order to maintain its leading position among the world’s airports, especially within the African continent, where Cairo International Airport entered the world of airport cities. By exploiting the lands surrounding the airport and offering them to investors to implement large investment projects related to the field of aviation and airports, providing thousands of job opportunities and making it an attractive factor for many airlines.


  • The state has recently been keen to implement several projects of roads, axes and power stations as infrastructure projects aimed at increasing the investment value of the lands surrounding Cairo International Airport when they are presented to investors.


  • Cairo Airport has received many awards and certificates, most notably the best airport in Africa in 2006 and the first airport on the African continent in air cargo in 2019, the latest of which is the health accreditation certificate for safe travel from the Airports Council International (ACI) in light of the Corona pandemic.


  • Cairo International Airport has a vital role in promoting the ancient Egyptian civilization with the inauguration of the Cairo Airport Museum, which has been dedicated to displaying a group of Pharaonic artifacts in front of travelers from different countries, especially transit passengers, with the aim of introducing and promoting the ancient Egyptian civilization in a way that contributes to revitalizing tourism and attracting more visitors to Egypt. Egypt.


  • Cairo Airport has been and still is a witness to various national events and activities, as it is Egypt's first gateway to receive and bid farewell to its guests coming to it in various international events and forums held on the land of Egypt, such as conferences, sports championships, and other national events.
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