Egypt conducts test run of New Administrative Capital Airport

Civil Aviation Ministry runs pilot operations at aviation hub within 700km² Administrative Capital, located 45km east of Cairo

The new capital is expected to support mobility in Cairo.
The new capital is expected to support mobility in Cairo.

Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry has conducted a pilot operation for the New Administrative Capital Airport, built to promote tourism and help alleviate the burden of Cairo International Airport as part of the wider masterplan for the country’s 700km² New Administrative Capital, located 45km east of Cairo (pictured).

Wael al-Nashar, chairman of the Egyptian Company for Airports, said the new facility would “contribute to developing the Suez and Ain Sokhna ports, where logistics and industrial zones will be set up" in the years to come. 

Equipped with “highly advanced technology”, as reported by Chinese state news agency, Xinhua, the new airport is set to connect the areas of East Cairo and the cities of Shorou, Badr, and the Suez Canal.

According to al-Nashar, the airport – where construction started in 2015 – will be able to accommodate 300 passengers per hour, with 45 buildings and a main terminal covering 5,000m2.

Eight car parks, which can take up to 500 cars and 20 buses, are also part of the project. 

Egypt's New Administrative Capital is a three-phase megaproject that the government has previously claimed will be among the smartest cities in the world upon completion.

The megaproject is expected to alleviate pressure on Cairo’s transport infrastructure, with the Egyptian capital continuing to suffer from high levels of traffic congestion and pollution.

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