Tourism Minister Rania Al Mashat and Civil Aviation Minister Younis el Masry launched on Tuesday a pilot operation of the New Administrative Capital airport.
Greeting Masry on opening the airport, Mashat said: “The airport will promote tourism to Ain Sokhna and the Red Sea’s Galala area.”
The minister pointed out that inaugurating these airports reflects the government’s keenness on improving the infrastructure for the travelers, citing opening Sphinx Airport earlier this year.
She also hailed the continuous coordination between the Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministries in many files topped by the charter flight incentive program which boosted the tourist numbers to Egypt.
With an area of 16 kilometers, the new airport connects the areas of East Cairo, Sherouk and Badr cities, and the Suez Canal cities. It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology especially for the security systems and X-ray for baggage inspection.
It will also contribute to developing the Suez and Ain Sokhna ports where logistics and industrial zones will be set up in this area to become an international logistic and industrial hub.
It will have the capacity to accommodate 300 passengers per hour, with 45 buildings around the place and the main terminal of over 5,000 square meters of space, which will help ease the load on the Cairo International Airport.
It will also have eight parking lots, which can take up to 500 cars and 20 buses. The airport is equipped to handle big planes, and it was built with the intention of making it easy in the future to expand its capacity.
A few days ago, a delegation of the Civil Aviation Ministry made a tour of the airport including passenger terminals, passport counter, the free zone, airstrips, and the watchtower.