The history of the Cairo
International Airport started in 1940s during the Second
World War when the American Bayn Field air-force base was
put up just 5 km from Almaza Airport to facilitate Alliance.
The base was abandoned when the war ended.
The Civil Aviation Authority took over the base in 1945 and
transferred it to the International Civil Aviation which
named the airport the King Farouk 1st Airport.
Airport, on the other hand, was primarily for domestic
At the time, air traffic was
200,000/year and this translated to 200 passengers per hour.
The Plans were drawn in 1955
to build a new airport and construction started in 1957.
The Cairo International Airport,
east of Cairo, was inaugurated in March 1963. It
replaced the older Heliopolis Airport. The new
airport had an arrival and departure hall, a transit
hall and two runways with an ability to accommodate
five million passengers a year. Another hall was
added in the 70s and 80s.
To date, the Cairo Airport Company (CAC) has
prioritized environmental accountability and
awareness and administrative efforts, and these are
an integral part of its new strategic concept.
The Cairo Airport’s environmental aims adhere to both Local,
International Environmental legislation, and the Civil
Aviation Guidelines, keeping an eye on and ensuring the best
interest of both the Civil Aviation Industry in Egypt and
the surrounding environment with all its different branches.
In the course of its current expansion plans for the
terminal, and the goal of becoming a civilian as well as a
cargo nest in the Middle East and the African continent
area, the CAC have developed an Environmental Impact
Assessment Study (EIA) with the assistance of experienced
project mangers, experts and consultants.
The study is cooperating with the World Bank for Investment
& Development's Regulations and the ICAO and has recently
taken a daring step toward addressing and implementing the
study consciously adhering to lawful measures and
environmental management plans suggested.
In keeping with the
expansion movement that has already taken place, CAC
has performed several economic and feasibility
studies to support its final decision that the
expansion of the current location is the best
alternative, and the building of the New Terminal
Building III, has been proven to be environmentally
and economically the best solution for the expansion
needed by CAC.
The Cairo Airport
offers a wide array of facilities to make entry into and
departure from Egypt as pleasant as possible.
Information and assistance for
hotel accommodations, transportation, and tours are easily
accessible with the airport.
Amenities such as ATM,
parking facilities, internet cafes and lounges, medical
services, and duty free shops make a stay at the airport a
It also offers services and assistance for disabled
passengers such as wheel chairs, toilets for the disabled,
special parking spaces, and special passport and control
services. Those concerned should inform their airliner
A shuttle bus services is available for those who wish to go
to Heliopolis, Nasr-City, Downtown Cairo, Giza, Mohandesin,
Zamalek, Maadi, and Haram (where the pyramids are).