By Nawal Sayed
CAIRO, Jan. 26 (SEE) – EgyptAir started operating its first domestic flight on Saturday from the newly inaugurated Sphinx International Airport (SPX) as part of a trial operation of the airport, which is the part of the government’s plan to stimulate tourism to the country.
Saturday’s flight was one of 30 flights scheduled to run by state airliner EgyptAir from 25 January to 9 February from Sphinx to the domestic airports of Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, and Aswan
“Flights are fully booked, particularly the flights going to Luxor and Aswan due to their wonderful weather in winter,” an official at the airport said.
The Sphinx International Airport offers low price flight tickets in comparison to the Cairo International Airport.
The Sphinx airport is located near the Cairo-Alexandria desert road, serving near regions such as Giza, Al Haram and 6 October City, Faiyum and Beni Suef. It aims to alleviate pressure on Cairo International Airport, which is located in eastern Cairo
Being located near touristic places like the Pyramids of Giza and the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in 2020, the airport will grasp people’s attraction towards one-day tours.
Construction work on the new airport started in 2017 by the Egyptian Consultancy Company with a budget of EGP 300 million.
The Minister of Civil Aviation Younes El-Masry and the Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat attended the ceremony to launch the flight from Sphinx to the popular South Sinai resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.
El-Masry said that 2019 will witness a breakthrough in the civil aviation industry through the construction of new airports in the New Administrative Capital, which is located 45 kilometers east of Cairo and the resort town of Berenice in Marsa Allam’s on the Red Sea in South in south Egypt.
The airport has a 975 square meter departure hall and a 1,100 square meter arrival hall. It also has a VIP hall.
The new airport is equipped with state-of-the-art technology in air traffic control and automatic landing systems and security systems such as x-ray explosive detectors and high end CCTV and thermal surveillance cameras.