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Cairo International Airport (CAI)

Airport in Cairo, Egypt


Cairo International Airport,  is the second busiest airport in Africa with more than 16 million passengers a year.

The airport is located in Heliopolis, to the northeast of the Cairo around 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the business area of the city and has an area of approximately 37 square kilometres (14 sq mi).

It is well served by Egyptair (the national carrier) and its Star Alliance partners Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian and LOT). Sky Team is represented by Air France, KLM, and Alitalia; Oneworld by British Airways). Gulf Carriers include Emirates, Etihad, Oman Air, Qatar Airways). There are also budget carriers TUI-flyand Jet-Air-Fly.

Airlines & Destinations

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Air Algérie Algiers
Air Arabia Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah
Air Cairo Jeddah, Hofuf, Yanbu
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Leisure Charter: Aswan, Athens, Beijing–Capital, Chengdu, Chongqing, Denpasar/Bali, Hong Kong, Hurghada, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan
Alexandria Airlines Charter: Alexandria, Aqaba, Luxor
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
AlMasria Universal Airlines Bergamo
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Badr Airlines Khartoum
British Airways London–Heathrow
Cairo Aviation Jeddah, Yanbu
EgyptAir Abha, Abidjan, Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Accra, Addis Ababa, Alexandria–Borg el Arab, Algiers, Amman–Queen Alia, Amsterdam, Asmara, Assiut, Aswan, Athens, Baghdad, Bahrain, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Beijing–Capital, Beirut, Berlin–Schönefeld, Brussels, Casablanca, Copenhagen, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Dubai–International, Entebbe, Erbil, Frankfurt, Gassim, Geneva, Guangzhou, Hurghada, Istanbul–Atatürk, Jeddah, Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Juba, Kano, Khartoum, Kuwait, Lagos, London–Heathrow, Luxor, Madrid, Medina, Milan–Malpensa, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, N'Djamena, New York–JFK, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh, Rome–Fiumicino, Sharjah, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tokyo–Narita (resumes 29 October 2017), Toronto–Pearson, Tunis–Carthage, Vienna
Charter: Osaka–Kansai
Seasonal: Mykonos
operated by Air Sinai Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
operated by EgyptAir Express Abu Simbel, Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Aswan, Athens, Budapest, Hurghada, Larnaca, Luxor, Marsa Alam, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sohag
Seasonal: El Alamein (begins 27 July 2017), Mersa Matruh
Emirates Dubai–International
Eritrean Airlines Asmara, Khartoum
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Flynas Jeddah, Riyadh
Gulf Air Bahrain
Iraqi Airways Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Sulaimaniyah
Jazeera Airways Kuwait
Jordan Aviation Amman–Queen Alia
Kenya Airways Nairobi
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Meridiana Milan–Malpensa
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Nesma Airlines Abha, Jeddah, Qassim, Tabuk, Ta'if, Yanbu
Nile Air Abha, Al Ain, Al-Jawf, Aswan, Baghdad, Basra, Buraidah, Ha'il, Hofuf, Hurghada, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Jeddah, Jizan, Kuwait, Luxor, Port Sudan, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tabuk, Ta'if, Yanbu
Oman Air Muscat
Petroleum Air Services Charter: El Kharga, Hurghada, Luxor, Port Said, Ras Shokeir, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sharq Al-Owainat, Antalya, Basra, Mykonos, Paphos
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Royal Falcon Amman–Queen Alia
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia
Royal Wings Aqaba
Saudia Abha, Dammam, Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh, Tabuk
Sudan Airways Khartoum, Port Sudan
Sun Air Khartoum
Syrian Air Damascus, Latakia
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Tarco Airlines Khartoum
Tunisair Tunis–Carthage
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Yemenia Sana'a


Limousines and shuttle buses

There are several ways to leave Cairo airport upon arrival. The most convenient way is by one of the numerous "limousine services". Pick-up points are in front of the terminals (curb side). The prices are fixed depending on the destination and the car category. Category A are luxury limousines (e.g. Mercedes-Benz E-Class), Category B are Micro Buses for up to seven passengers, Category C are midsized cars (e.g. Mitsubishi Lancer) and new Category D are London Taxis.

Price List - Limousines

Destinations in Cairo

A (Luxury)

(Micro Bus)

C (Midsize)

D (London Cab)
Airport (terminals, hotels) EGP 65 EGP 45 EGP 45 EGP 50
Heliopolis EGP 110 EGP 70 EGP 60 EGP 85
Nasr City EGP 110 EGP 70 EGP 65 EGP 85
Gisr El Suez, Roxy EGP 120 EGP 85 EGP 65 EGP 95
Down Town EGP 155 EGP 100 EGP 80 EGP 125
Mohandesin, Zamalek, Dokki EGP 165 EGP 110 EGP 90 EGP 135
Giza, Maadi, Makatam EGP 200 EGP 120 EGP 100 EGP 155
New Cairo EGP 200 EGP 120 EGP 110 EGP 100
Helwan, Sakkaar EGP 260 EGP 180 EGP 150 EGP 175
6th of October City EGP 350 EGP 190 EGP 160 EGP 290
El Solimania, Sādāt City EGP 470 EGP 240 EGP 230 EGP 375


 Cairo Airport Shuttle Bus Price List

  Inside Cairo Airport :
Destination Shuttle Per Pax. For Groups
(from 1 to 7 Pax. )
or Private use
Heliopolis 25 LE 50 LE
Nasr City 30 LE 60 LE
Down Town 35 LE 70 LE
El Mohandiseen 40 LE 80 LE
Alharam - El Maadi 45 LE 90 LE
Hellwan district 105 LE 145 LE

Public transport

Public buses leave outside terminal 1 and connect frequently to transportation hubs like Abbasia and Tahrir Square but can be confusing for visitors and are not suitable for persons carrying large pieces of baggage. Line 3 of the Cairo Metro will connect the airport to Heliopolis, Central Cairo and Giza in the future.


The old black and white taxis usually do not have a meter and prices are negotiated before travelling while the newer white taxis have meters, but will generally refuse to use it when leaving from the airport and charge significantly more.


The airport can be reached via Oroba Road from Heliopolis or via the new road, connection Terminal 3 with the intersection between Ring Road and Suez Road. The toll for driving to the airport is EGP 15.


The terminal facilities include Departure Hall 1, International Hall 3, and Hall 4 for private and non-commercial aircraft services. As part of the recent upgrading and facility improvement scheme, the CAA demolished the old Hall 3, previously used for domestic arrivals and departures, to reconstruct a new hall to be used for international arrivals. Terminal 1 is locally known as the "Old Airport," although its facilities were recently given a complete overhaul and are newer than those of Terminal 2, which is still known as the "New Airport."

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 was originally used by EgyptAir and several Middle Eastern airlines. However, an increasing number of other foreign carriers, such as Air France and KLM transferred operations from Terminal 2 in 2006. In May 2009 EgyptAir moved all its operations to the new Terminal 3 (along with all Star Alliance airlines serving the airport). In March 2010, with the closure of Terminal 2 for major renovation works, all non-Star Alliance airlines serving the airport shifted operations to the terminal.

Departures and arrivals are with all airlines departing from Terminal 1 Hall 1, with the exception Saudia which is the sole tenant of Terminal 1 Hall 2 due to the size of their operations (SV accounted for 65% of Terminal 2's traffic in 2009). Most international airlines arrive in Hall 3. Arrival Hall 2 was recently reopened and serves international and domestic arrivals.

The CAC has inaugurated the "Airport City Concept" to provide an array of services and entertainment facilities to travelers, airport visitors, as well as the general public. The first phase, a new shopping mall called the 'AirMall,' has been built near Terminal 1's International Arrival Hall 3.

As of 2009 the facade of the terminal was being upgraded. A study on reorganizing the departure and arrival halls is ongoing as well as the feasibility study to include contact stands to improve the service and comfort levels to the passengers. Terminal 1 has 12 gates.

Hall 4

Terminal 1, Hall 4 is dedicated to private and executive jet services. Even though it is referred to as a 'Hall' under Terminal 1 it is operated independently from the commercial passenger terminal. It has proven to be one of the most successful general aviation halls in the Middle East.

Smart Aviation Company has been based at the building since 2007; it moved to a new executive FBO in 2010 adjacent to Hall 4.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 was inaugurated in 1986 with 7 boarding gates. It primarily served European, Gulf and East Asian airlines. The terminal was closed in April 2010 for complete renovations starting in 2012 and lasting 36 months. The architecture of the building limited the opportunities for further expansion which necessitated the entire building to be closed for major structural overhaul at an estimated cost of approximately $400 million.

In February 2010 the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved a loan amount of $387 million to support the Cairo Airport Development Project (CADP) to overhaul the terminal with national banks providing the rest. The project aimed at increasing the terminal capacity from 3 million to 7.5 million passengers annually. The upgrade included the complete modernisation of the 20-year-old facility to reach the same level of service as the new Terminal 3. In August 2011, Turkey's Limak Holding won the tender for modernising the terminal.

After several project delays, the renovated terminal had its soft opening on 28 September 2016 with a capacity of 7.5 million passengers bringing the airport's total passenger capacity to 30 million passengers annually. The new terminal has 14 gates and an additional 5 remote stands.

During February 2017, Saudi Arabian Airlines launched its first international "Al-Fursan lounge" at Cairo International Airport Terminal 2. The 1,500 square-meter lounge can accommodate 300 guests at a time.

The renovated terminal is operating jointly with Terminal 3 as one integrated terminal via an air bridge, thus, reinforcing the role of Cairo International Airport as a regional hub.

Terminal 3

Given projected growth, and the limited ability to expand Terminal 2, the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation began construction of Terminal 3 in 2004. The terminal was officially inaugurated by the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on 18 December 2008 and opened for commercial operations on 27 April 2009. The facility is twice as large as the current two terminal buildings combined, with the capacity to handle 11 million passengers annually (6 million international and 5 million domestic) once the first phase is completed. It is adjacent to Terminal 2, and the two terminals are initially connected by a bridge.

With its hub at the airport, EgyptAir's operations were overhauled with the full transfer of its operations (international and domestic) into the state-of-the-art terminal between 27 April and 15 June 2009. To implement the Star Alliance "Move Under One Roof" concept, all Alliance members serving the airport were relocated to the terminal by the first of August 2009.

The new terminal includes:

  • Two piers of extendable capacity and gates facilities serving domestic and international traffic on contact and remote stands. The main building and the piers are connected by concourses. Two of the gates are equipped to handle Airbus A380 aircraft. Provisions for a third pier are in the planning stages.
  • Terminal 3 has 23 gates (2 gates for the A380), 6 check-in islands consisting of 110 check-in counters (plus 10 mobile counters and 10 CUSS kiosks), 76 immigration counters (plus 5 biometric gates), 52 contact and remote aircraft parking stands (5 with multiple use), 425 FIDS, 15 public information points, 7 baggage carousels, 63 elevators, 50 moving walkways and 51 escalators.
  • Retails space covers more than 5,000m2 (4.034m2 occupied by EgyptAir Tourism & Duty Free Shops).
  • International food court with Oriental, Asian and Western food (incl. Burger King, Hippopotamus, Upper Crust).
  • Land side roads including bridges and fly-over serving the traffic to and from the terminal building, surface car park areas (multi-story parking garage capable of holding more than 3,000 cars), a new access road connecting the airport with the Autostrad road (Cairo ring road) and upgrading the access roads.

Seasonal flight terminal

On 20 September 2011 Prime Minister Sharaf inaugurated the new Seasonal Flights Terminal (ST), located west of Terminal 3. During the start-up phase EgyptAir operates its daily flight to Medina from the new Terminal. All Hajj traffic of EgyptAir will move to the ST while Saudia's Hajj flights will still operate from Terminal 1. More destinations might be added during winter.

The terminal has an annual capacity of 3.2 million passengers with 27 check-in counters and 7 gates with a common gate and single security concept, the first in Cairo. It is designed to handle 1,200 passengers per hour. Passengers will be bussed to remote aircraft stands around Terminal 3. Its purpose is to ease operational strains on the existing terminals during pilgrim seasons.

Accommodation & Hotels


Duty free

 Cairo Airport Duty Free operating on the first floor in Terminal 1 will also be expanding into new areas offering new concepts and further improving the shop mix.

Egypt Air Duty Free shops in Cairo’s new Terminal 3 have indeed revolutionized airport shopping in Egypt. With a total of 4,000 sqm of retail space, Cairo International Airport’s Duty Free shops are now able to offer passengers a broad array of international brands not available in other airport locations throughout the country.

For some brands which have been introduced in Terminal 3, this is their initial venture into the Egyptian market. The Duty Free shops in Terminal 3 provide an easily accessible, open plan and vastly spacious shopping environment. Cairo Airport Duty Free also opened new outlets in Terminal 3 giving passengers an even wider selection of goods, gifts and duty free items. A Convenience Store on landside has also been opened to provide well wishers, meters and greeters as well passengers, convenience items such as Travel Goods, News Papers & Magazines, Music & DVD, Pre-Paid Phone Cards, etc.

In Terminal 1 the shopping experience has been improved through the introduction of new areas and new brands such as BOSS and Mont Blanc as well as the renovation of other areas.

Please note that the arrival Duty Free shops may be accessed up to 48 hours after arrival in

Car parks

Terminal Building 1:

The parking service is an enhancement which should be considered, it is covering a net used area of 86,395 square meters, the capacity of the total 10 parking lots is 3612 cars, ranging from short term parking facilities to long term availability.



Total Area

Net Area

Maximum Capacity

Departure Hall 1
26411 m2
22449 m2


Arrival Hall 2

19650 m2

16702 m2



Departure Hall 2 upper level + pilots parking

3390 m2

3051 m2



Departure Hall 2 external + pilots parking

2727 m2

2727 m2



Arrival Hall 2
lower level

3600 m2

3240 m2



Arrival Hall 2 external

3365 m2

3028.5 m2



Arrival & Departure Hall 3

8580 m2

7464 m2



Long term parking

18636 m2

18636 m2



VIP parking

8280 m2

7200 m2




96769 m2

86627.5 m2



Parking Fees:

Short term Parking:
Short term parking costs 5 EGP/ hr, or a fraction of an hour, for each vehicle.
Long term Parking

Terminal Building 3:

The parking services are an enhancement which should be considered, it is covering a used area around 27,000 square meters, and the capacity of the total parking lot is around 1300.