Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group
Regional Project of the Month: Egyptian Airport renovations and expansions
The pandemic was, and still is, a major blow to Egypt’s tourism industry, which accounts for around 5% of the country’s economic output and 15% of all jobs. The pressure to reopen its borders, airports and tourism-focused areas has been felt more heavily in Egypt than elsewhere, as has the need to support tourism through a programme of airport upgrades and expansions. Many of these have resumed in recent months including:
- Cairo International Airport undertook developments to install new baggage systems, an electric walkway between the main carpark and Terminal 3, as well as a new VIP terminal.
- Sphinx International Airport, which was inaugurated in 2019 and received its first international flight in January 2020, is undergoing expansion works to its single terminal, boosting its processing capacity from 300 to 900 passengers per hour.
- Borg El Arab International Airport has resumed its second phase of modernisation and extension works, which include the construction of a new terminal (Terminal 2) and extensions to the runway’s taxiways and aprons.
- Mid-July 2020 saw the government announce plans for a significant development of St Catherine Airport in South Sinai. Despite obstacles and delays, plans are going ahead to double the airport’s operating area, including the construction of new terminal facilities, integrating the existing arrival and departure halls, while boosting security with a comprehensive camera installation programme alongside various other security upgrades.