Sharm El Sheikh International Airport
CAIRO - 4 November 2019: Terminal 2 of Sharm El Sheikh International Airport was enlarged and its pilot operation started on Monday. The total annual capacity of the airport has now become 9 million passengers instead of 7 million.
The plan aims to increase the capacity to 20 million passengers per annum as the number of tourists visiting the resort city is rising, during winter in particular. For now, the number of gates was raised to 12 from 8. The total cost of development works in the airport has reached LE 800 million so far.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has also upgraded the security systems inside and outside the airport, as well as the outer fence, surveillance cameras, and border control counters.
The ministry inaugurated in July Terminal 2 at Hurghada International Airport to serve domestic and international flights with an annual capacity of 7.5 million passengers.
The terminal includes a four-kilometer runway that is parallel to that of the first terminal. Terminal 2 consists of three floors, 11 tubes, and nine gates. It spans over a total area of 90,000 square kilometers.
The new terminal has 72 check-in counters, 18 passport control counters for departing passengers, and 16 passport control counters for arriving passengers. That is in addition to six and nine baggage carousels that serve departing and arriving passengers, respectively.
Moreover, the runway of the first terminal was upgraded, and the color of the buildings was unified. The development works included the entrance, the customs department, and the security system. Also, the frequency of training workshops held for the employees was increased.