Cairo International Airport is the mainstay of EgyptAir, as well as being the busiest Egyptian Airport. Cairo Airport is located towards the north-eastern part of the city and about 15 kilometers from the heart of the City’s business area. t is administered together with other airport facilities by EHCAAN or the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation. Management is through contractual arrangements, currently held by Cairo Airport Company.
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Cairo Airport (CAI)
Cairo Airport started as a naval base, it was after the Second World War that Cairo Airport started to take shape. After the American Forces commanding the base had left after the end of the war, it was taken over by the Civil Aviation Authority for global civil aviation purposes. It was in 1963 that Cairo International Airport earned its title after replacing Heliopolis, the old airport, located along the Hike-Step region in the eastern part of Cairo.By 2012 Cairo Airport was able to serve about 14.4 million passengers, a sizeable percentage increase from the previous year. It also handled about 143,000 movements of aircrafts in the same year, also a strategic increase from the previous year. The tonnage of airfreight passing through the airport was about 275,000. Amidst this statistics, Cairo Airport still comes second in Africa in terms of busy airport activity.There are more than 65 airlines using the airport, as well as nine cargo and charter airline. EgyptAir has the largest chunk of operations in the airport taking up to 61 percent of all departure slots. After EgypAir was assimilated into the lucrative Star Alliance carrier, Cairo Airport has been poised to become the chief hub of major destinations from Africa, Europe and the Middle East, since it has A380 facilities among other major utilities.As the airport continues to grow in terms of passenger and air traffic, it is in constant development to sustain these ever rising needs
CAI Airport Information
IATA airport code: FNC
ICAO airport code: HECA
Owner: Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation
Operator: Cairo Airport Company
Elevation AMSL: 382 ft / 116 m
- Air Arabia Egypt
- Air Cairo
- Nile Air
Serves: Greater Cairo
Location: Heliopolis (Cairo)
Cairo Airport Facilities
Cairo International Airport مطار القاهرة الدولي Maṭār El Qāhira El Dawli counts with a good variety of Services and amenities. As a major international hub, Cairo Airport has all of the services and amenities that passengers expect from a top global airport, many of which you will need to pay to use. There are extensive retail operations throughout the three terminals with jewelry, clothing, electronics, books, toys, travel essentials and much more on offer to buy.
The food and drink options across the airport are also extensive and cover a wide range of global cuisines, so no matter whether you have any specific dietary restrictions you should be able to find something. You can find these facilities available in all three of main terminals used for domestic and international flights, and most of the services are available 24 hours a day:
- Currency exchange
- Car hire offices
- Wi-Fi access
- Restaurants and cafeterias
- Designated smoking sections
- Children’s playing area
- Support for disabled travelers
Cairo Airport Hotels
Hotels located nearby to Cairo Airport Some travelers that fly into and out of the airport like to use hotels nearby, either to make sure they can quickly get some rest after arriving or to relax before going home and ensuring an easy trip to the airport for check-in, without the stress of having to find transportation. Cairo Airport has a number of hotel selections available, with the precise cost of staying at these options varying based on the number of nights that you’re staying and the type of room you want, as well as how many rooms you need based on the number of people traveling with you.
Most of these hotels offer restaurants, a gym, and other common amenities, although exactly what is on offer will differ between each venue. To find out more about what each hotel provides for its guests you can research them online to see if they’re suitable for your trip. Note that some of the nearby hotels will provide their guests with a free shuttle to take them to and from the airport, whereas others hotels do not offer this service or require that you prebook a free shuttle. The list of hotels below details whether or not free shuttle service is available:
- Le Méridien Cairo Airport (this hotel is connected to Terminal 3 via a walkway/bridge)
- Le Passage Cairo Hotel & Casino (does not provide a free shuttle to the airport)
- Novotel Cairo Airport (provides a free shuttle to take you to the airport)
- Radisson Blu Hotel Cairo Heliopolis (you can request a free shuttle to the airport)
Cairo is the capital city of Egypt, meaning the ‘Conqueror or Vanquisher’. It is the second largest city not only in Africa but in the entire Arab World as well, while being one of the most densely and highly populated cities in the world. It has a rich Islamic architecture which features in many realms of the city life.
Known as al-Qahirah, it is a world-renowned urban center offering so much to see and many areas to visit. Apart from being Egypt’s administrative capital, it has the Egyptian Pyramids close by, some being at the edge of the Metropolis, such as the Great Pyramids of Giza. Cairo Egypt also offers ancient temples, Christian churches, tombs, huge Muslim monuments and the world-famous Egyptian Antiquities Museum. Most of these attractions are within the city while others are just a slight distance away.
Cairo Airport is situated roughly 22 kilometers (or just under 14 miles) from the center of Cairo, so you will need some type of vehicle to take you between the two destinations. Thankfully, the airport offers several options, with the best one for you depending on your budget and needs. Review the basic details of the choices below to find out which method is the ideal match. :
Taxi: Advantages of taking a taxi include that it will take you directly to where you’re staying in Cairo, you won’t have to ride with strangers, and your luggage will be safe in the car’s trunk. A typical ride should cost about 150 Egyptian pounds and take roughly 45 minutes, but it can be quicker at quiet times like late at night or longer when it’s busy, for example in rush hour.
Car rental: Perhaps the most expensive option to get from the airport to Cairo is a rental car, with the exact price varying based on how long you need to rent the vehicle and what model and size of car you rent. But there are some benefits of renting a car, including complete privacy, securing your luggage and the ability to drive wherever you want at your own pace.
Bus: This is the lowest-cost transportation choice at 5 Egyptian pounds, but also the longest because the bus may make several stops and also drop you off far from your hotel or other final destination. The journey will take an average of 50 to 75 minutes depending on how busy the roads are, and luggage and seat space may be limited as you’ll be riding with strangers.
Subway: Although Cairo has a subway system known as the Metro it does not yet extend to servicing the airport, but this expansion is planned to start operating in 2024. Once this connection is launched it will provide another low-cost but also speedy way to get to Cairo.
Cairo Airport Terminals
Cairo International Airport offers connecting flights to destinations within Egypt and around the world, departing from four terminals: Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3 and a Seasonal Terminal.
Lounges available at Cairo Airport
Whether you are a paying member of a particular airport lounge company or you would like to pay for one-day access to lounges where possible, there are several options available at Cairo Airport across the three terminals. These lounges provide all you need to unwind before your flight including comfy chairs, newspapers, televisions, food, drink and other perks.
Terminal 1: Here you’ll find the First Class Lounge, which is open 24 hours a day and offers the ability to buy single passes, and you will have access to the lounge for up to three hours.
Terminal 2: This terminal also features a First Class Lounge but there are two other options available for passengers – the Ahlein Premium Lounge and the Pearl Lounge.
Terminal 3: If your flight is departing from this terminal then your only option for an airport lounge is the First Class Lounge, where you can purchase access for three hours.
Note that although you can purchase access to several of the above lounges on the day of your flight, it might also be possible to prebook your lounge pass depending on the venue. Beware also that airport lounge access has a maximum upper limit and there might not be any space available to buy access on the day of your flight, if you are traveling when the number of passengers inside the airport is at peak levels, which can often happen in the middle of the day.
- Phone: +20 222655000
- web: cairo-airport.com