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Cairo Airport

Cairo International Airport in the city of Cairo, Egypt is the most busy airport in the country. The Cairo Airport is the prime hub for EgyptAir Express, Nile Air and EgyptAir along with other airlines, making it the second busiest airport in the African Continent. The airport’s swanky restaurants & shops let the traveler unwind.

cairo Airport Information

Cairo International Airport Address
Airport Rd
Cairo Governorate 11432

Enquiries Number: 20 2 22655000

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Cairo International Airport, Cairo

After World War II, when the United States Army Air Forces left the Payne Airfield, the Civil Aviation Authority took charge of it. In 1963, the Cairo International Airport, located at Heliopolis, became operational. Today, it is the busiest airport in Egypt and the second busiest in Africa. It has the capacity to manage about 30 million passengers annually. Over the past five decades, a lot of development projects have been undertaken to improve the services and infrastructure of the airport. Courtesy the efforts taken towards the betterment of Cairo International Airport, in 2011, it won an award from Airports Council International for being the 2nd best airport in Africa.

Terminals Trivia

Cairo International Airport houses four terminals, of which one is a seasonal terminal. The seasonal terminal is constructed in order to prevent excess operational pressure on the other terminals during peak pilgrim months. Terminal A, often referred to as the “Old Airport”, has 12 gates. This terminal is now utilized by several international airlines including KLM and Air France. Hall 4 in Terminal 1 is exclusively allotted for private flights. Terminal 2, which started operations in 1986, was closed from 2010 to 2016. It underwent significant structural renovation to increase its capacity. Currently, this terminal has 14 gates. Post revamp, Terminal 2 and 3 function jointly as one unit and are connected by an air bridge. Terminal 3 with its 23 gates became functional for commercial use in 2009. This is the biggest of all terminals. EgyptAir, which once operated from Terminal 1, has now been shifted to Terminal 3.

Shop, Eat, and Relax

Travel-friendly services, convenient amenities, shopping, eating, and relaxing options for travelers are found in abundance at the Cairo International Airport. Whichever terminal be your base, you will find multiple restaurants, cafes, and eateries. Some of the food joints being Puro Gusto, Yumcha, Cilantro, Chez Edy, Cinnabon, and Upper Crust. Shops at the airport are continually being added. Also, many duty-free outlets are operating from Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. The EgyptAir duty-free stores and Cairo Airport duty-free shops at Terminal 3 offer world-class products from international brands.

When it comes to services, the airport is well-equipped to offer exclusive services for differently-abled travelers. Wheelchair assistance, tailored parking spaces, and specially designed toilets are available. For untimely need of medicines, there are two pharmacies, one in Terminal 1 and the other in Terminal 3. To relax in between flights, there are four spacious and comfortable lounges at the airport. One of these is a VIP lounge reserved for important personalities.

Transport Facilities

At Cairo International Airport, you can hire taxis, either the old black and white ones, which do not run on meters, or the new white taxis, which charge you according to the meter reading. Avail limousine services, which consist of Category A to Category D, ranging from luxurious limousines to mid-size vehicles. Buses are always a safe mode of transport from the airport. You can board the bus from the parking area in front of Terminal 1. Several car rental companies such as Europcar, Sixt, Avis, and Hertz also operate from the airport. The one new option that has been introduced at Cairo Airport is the shuttle bus service. To avail its service, pre-booking is mandatory. These shuttle buses take the travelers to different destinations, including Nasr-City, Giza, Maadi, and Downtown Cairo.

Are you looking for a place to stay?

To avail the best of comforts and convenience at top class hotels, book a room at Novotel Cairo Airport, just 1.2 km from Cairo International Airport. To experience a luxurious stay, check out hotels including Concorde El Salam Hotel, JW Marriott Hotel, and Le Méridien Heliopolis. For budget travelers, some of the good options are Victoria Hotel, Mayorca Hotel, and Paradise Boutique Hotel.

Explore Cairo!

When in the land of pyramids, you ought to plan a trip to see the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Some of the must-visit places include the Egyptian Museum, Cairo Tower, Museum of Islamic Art, and Abdeen Palace. Get to Tahrir Square and Khan el-Khalili bazar to pick up some nice souvenirs. If you have more time in hand, you can add a trip each to Pharonic Village, Giza Zoo, The Hanging Church, and Cairo Citadel in your itinerary. You can also book a Egypt tour packages from our website.


Q. What are the most popular airlines that operate from Cairo International Airport?
A. EgyptAir, Nile Air, and Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) are the most popular airlines that operate from Cairo International Airport.

Q. Which are the cheap flights that operate from Cairo International Airport?
A. EgyptAir and Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) are the cheap flights that operate from Cairo International Airport.

Q. What is the airport code for Cairo International Airport?
A. The airport code for Cairo International Airport is CAI.

Q. Which is the most frequent international route from Cairo International Airport? 
A. Cairo to Jeddah is the most frequent international route from this airport.

Q. Which is the first flight from Cairo International Airport?
A. The first flight from Cairo International Airport is EgyptAir MS 673, which takes off from the airport at 12:05 AM to Jeddah.

Q. Which is the last flight from Cairo International Airport?
A. One of the last flights to depart from Cairo International Airport is Air China CA 5082 that leaves the airport at 11:50 PM to Beijing.

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