Naizak Beach in Marsa Alam - CC via Flickr/Gigi Ibrahim
CAIRO - 4 November 2019: Minister of Civil Aviation Younes al-Masry announced on Monday that an airport has been built in Baranis, southern Marsa Alam, with a capacity of 600 passengers per hour at a cost of LE430 million.
The airport has one runway and the ministry is currently finalizing the airfield lighting system. The minister added that EgyptAir achieved revenues worth more than LE1 billion in September and October. He said that the company also did the longest flight by biofuel from Seattle in the United States to the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
The minister’s statements came during the inauguration of Terminal 2 of Sharm El Sheikh International Airport after expansion was accomplished.
Terminal 2 of Sharm El Sheikh International Airport was enlarged and started pilot operation on Monday. As such, the total annual capacity of the airport has become nine million passengers instead of seven 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.