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About Cairo International Airport

Outside the front of Cairo International Airport Terminal 1

Credit: Dennis Jarvis on Flickr

Cairo International Airport is the main airport in Egypt. It facilitates a mix of international flights worldwide carriers, as well as domestic flights from Egyptian airlines. 

Cairo International Airport is a hub airport for Air Cairo, AlMasria Universal AirlinesEgyptAirFlyEgypt, Nesma Airlines, Nile Air and Petroleum Air Services.

Cairo Airport opened in 1863, replacing the previous airport in the area, Heliopolis Airport. As the main gateway to Egypt, Cairo International Airport is one of the busiest airports in all of Africa.

What is the airport code for Cairo Airport?

The airport code for Cairo Airport is CAI.

Airport Location

Cairo International Airport is located in Heliopolis, which is a suburb located northeast of Cairo. It takes 30–70 minutes to drive to the airport from downtown Cairo, depending on the time of day that you're travelling. 

Facilities

San Antonio Airport Flight Monitors

Facilities Include:

  • WIFI
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Passenger assistance
  • ATMs
  • Currency exchange
  • Business center
  • Baggage wrapping
  • Medical facilities
  • Smoking area
  • Parking facilities
  • Car rental

Lounges by terminal:

Terminal 1

First Class Lounge

  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens
  • Flight monitors
  • Smoking area

 

Terminal 2

Ahlein Premium Lounge
  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Internet terminals
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens
  • Children's area
  • Smoking area
  • Private rooms
  • Prayer room
  • Day beds
  • Showers (for a fee)
  • Spa services (for a fee)

*Only available for international passengers departing from Terminal 2*

 

Pearl Lounge
  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Internet terminals
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens
  • Children's area
  • Showers
  • Smoking area
  • Prayer room

*Only available for international passengers departing from Terminal 2*

 

Saudia Al-Fursan Golden Lounge
  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens
  • Children's area
  • Internet terminals

 

First Class Lounge
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Internet terminals
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens
  • Conference rooms

*Only available for international passengers departing from Terminal 2*

 

The Emirates Lounge
  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • TV screens
  • Showers

 

Terminal 3

Egyptair Alioth Lounge
  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Internet terminals
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens

 

Egyptair Gienah Lounge
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Internet terminals
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens
  • Smoking area

 

First Class Lounge
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens
  • Smoking area

*Only available for international passengers departing from Terminal 3*

 

Egypt El Teir Lounge
  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Internet terminals
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens

 

Egypt Almesian Lounge
  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Internet terminals
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens

 

Egyptair Kochab Smoking Lounge
  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Internet terminals
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV screens
  • Smoking area
  • Private rooms

 

Runways

Direction Length (m) Surface
05L/23R 3,301 Asphalt
05C/23C 3,999 Asphalt
05R/23 980 Asphalt

Until Runway 05R/23 was built in 2013, Runway 05C/23C was the main runway used for air traffic in both directions, with 05L/23R used a secondary runway. Today, air traffic is spread across all three runways.

 

Terminals

The airport is split into three different terminals, each named 1–3, as well as an additional seasonal terminal that facilitates only seasonal flight.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is the oldest terminal building at the airport. The terminal originally facilitated all flights from Egypt Air, as well as flights on various airlines within the Middle East. However, Egypt Air has since moved its flights to Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Today, Terminal 1 is used by a mix of other Egyptian and Middle East airlines.

Terminal 1 also has Hall 4, which is a hall that is dedicated to facilitating flights on executive and private jets.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 opened in 1986 and facilitates flights from Egypt Air and a mix of European, African and Asian airlines. The terminal underwent a massive renovation that was completed in 2016. The renovation saw Terminal 3 updated to the standards of the newer Terminal 3 and connected the two terminals via a bridge.

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 opened in 2009 and is the largest terminal in the airport. When it opened Terminal 3 was bigger than both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 combined. The terminal facilitates flights from Egypt Air, as well as other African and European airlines. 

Seasonal Terminal

The seasonal terminal was built in 2011 to facilitate the majority of seasonal flights that fly to/from the airport. In particular, flights travelling for Hajj.

 

Airlines that fly to Cairo Airport

Here's a list of all airlines that fly to/from Cairo International Airport

AIRLINE COUNTRY FROM
Aegean Airlines Greece
Aeroflot Russia
Air Algérie USA
Air Arabia UAE
Air Cairo Egypt
Air France France
Air Italy Italy
Air Malta Malta
Air Serbia Serbia
Air Sinai Belgrade
Alitalia Italy
AlMasria Universal Airlines Egypt
Asiana Airlines China
Austrian Airlines Austria
Azerbaijan Airlines Azerbaijan
Badr Airlines Sudan
British Airways UK
Cairo Aviation Egypt
EgyptAir & EgyptAir Express Egypt
Emirates UAE
Eritrean Airlines Eritrea
Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopia
Etihad Airways UAE
FlyEgypt Egypt
Flynas UAE
Gulf Air Bahrain
Iberia Spain
Iraqi Airways Iraq
Jazeera Airways Kuwait
Jordan Aviation Jordan
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Lufthansa Germany
Middle East Airlines Lebanon
Nesma Airlines Saudi Arabia
Nile Air Egypt
Oman Air Oman
Petroleum Air Services Egypt
Royal Air Maroc Morocco
Royal Jordanian Jordan
Saudia Saudi Arabia
Sichuan Airlines China
Sudan Airways Sudan
Sun Air Sudan
SWISS Switzerland
Syrian Air Syria
Tarco Airlines Sudan
TAROM Denmark, Norway, Sweden
SunExpress Turkey
SWISS Switzerland
TAP Air Portugal Portugal
TAROM Sudan
Tunisair Tunisia
Turkish Airlines Turkey
Ukraine International Airlines Ukraine
Yemenia Yemen

Top Destinations

Top Domestic Routes

2018
Rank Destination Airlines
1 Luxor International, Luxor Air Cairo, AlMasria Universal Airlines, EgyptAir, EgyptAir Express, Nile Air, Petroleum Air Services
2 Sharm El Sheikh International, Sharm El Sheikh Air Cairo, AlMasria Universal Airlines, EgyptAir, EgyptAir Express, FlyEgypt, Nile Air, Petroleum Air Services
3 Aswan International, Aswan Air Cairo, AlMasria Universal Airlines, EgyptAir, EgyptAir Express, Nile Air, Petroleum Air Services
4 Hurghada International, Hurghada Air Cairo, AlMasria Universal Airlines, EgyptAir, EgyptAir Express, FlyEgypt, Nile Air, Petroleum Air Services
5 Borg El Arab, Alexandria EgyptAir, EgyptAir Express

Top Intercontinental Routes

2018
Rank Destination Airlines
1 King Abdulaziz, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Air Cairo, AlMasria Universal, Cairo Aviation, EgyptAir, Flynas, Nesma Airlines, Nile Air, Saudia
2 Dubai International, Dubai, UAE EgyptAir, Emirates
3 Kuwait International, Kuwait AlMasria, EgyptAir, Jazeera Airways, Kuwait, Nile Air
4 Medina, Saudi Arabia EgyptAir, Saudia
5 King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia EgyptAir, Flynas, Saudia

How to get to Cairo Airport

 

By driving

Car rental and parking are both available at the airport.

The airport can be reached off of Airport Road, which can be reached off of Orouba Road.

By bus

Bus route 111 runs from downtown Cairo to Cairo International Airport Terminal 1. If you're travelling to a different terminal, you can get a shuttle between each terminal.

By Metro

Line 3 of the Cairo metro connects the airport with several destinations within Cairo, including Central Cairo, Heliopolis and Giza. 

By taxi

Flagging down a taxi in Cairo is common. Taxis can be identified by their distinct white colour, these taxis run on a meter. 

Taxi apps such as Careem and Uber can also be used in Cairo.