Cairo International Airport (CAI) Information
(Cairo, Egypt, EG)
Cairo International Airport is located 22 km / 14 miles from the city's commercial district and is Egypt's busiest airport, serving over 16 million passengers per annum. Egypt's flag carrier, Egyptair, has some 60 percent of the available slots here and has recently joined Star Alliance, prompting an upsurge in the airport's chances of becoming a major hub on the Africa / Middle East / European route.
Terminal 3, the largest of Cairo International Airport's four terminals, opened in 2009. Terminal 2 closed a year later for renovation, with its Arrivals hall now open. The new Seasonal Flights Terminal 4 was launched in late 2011, while Terminal 1 is reserved for non-Star Alliance carriers. Most airlines operating here are major commercial carriers such as British Airways, Air France, Aeroflot, Alitalia, Austrian, Iberia, Lufthansa, Olympic and Singapore Airlines. Major Middle Eastern carriers are also in good supply.
At present, the airport is undergoing extensive development, which has already seen the arrival of a luxury hotel. The city's metro system is being extended to link with the facility, along with the lengthening of a runway. People-carriers and more efficient links between the terminals are also being laid down. A huge leisure park named AeroCity will soon form an additional part of the infrastructure.
Cairo International Airport(CAI)
Address: Oruba Road, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt, EG
Tel: +202 265 3308
The drive to Cairo's city centre from Cairo International Airport takes you along the Al-Orouba main road, through Heliopolis and over the 6th October Bridge. Another option for getting into the city is the new Autostrad ring road. Heliopolis, where the airport is situated, doesn't have a great deal to attract visitors, although a few imposing, old buildings may be seen from a distance.
Cairo International Airport Guide
- Information desks are found in the Transit hall and in the Arrivals and Departures halls of all terminals
- 24-hour bureaux de change and post offices are available in the Departures halls of all terminals, along with ATMs and banks
- 24-hour bars and numerous eateries are located in the terminals' Departures halls
- Both duty free and duty paid shops are found in all terminals and in the Transit hall
- Cairo car rental can be arranged via Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, J Car, Avis and Europcar
- Pharmacies are found in all Departures halls
- Themed VIP lounges are available in all terminals
- A landside café and a general shop are sited on the main concourse
- Wireless Internet access, computer terminals and fax machines are provided
- Wheelchairs are available on request, although there are no adjacent dedicated parking spaces for the disabled
- Long-term and short-stay parking, including disabled persons' bays, is bookable online
Onward transportation from Cairo International Airport to the city centre by hire car is via Saleh Salem Road from Heliopolis, using the 6th October Bridge. This route is well-signposted. There is also a newly-constructed link road, the Autostrad, which leads to the Cairo Ring Road. Both routes are subject to heavy traffic at rush hours.
A shuttle bus service links the airport with the city centre, leaving every half-hour and taking approximately 45 minutes. Public buses link various city and rural destinations, and a long-distance bus connects Alexandria.
As yet, there is no train service from the airport, although a Cairo Metro link is under construction.
Taxis and Limos
Taxi ranks are located outside the Arrivals halls and the journey to the city centre takes upwards of 30 minutes - haggling is essential. The best way to travel is by the luxury, microbus or mid-sized limo services, or by hiring a London black cab for your journey.