Sphinx Airport developed to accommodate 900 passenger/hour and given a cargo village: Aviation minister

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Wed, 27 Jan 2021 - 09:10 GMT

Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar at the House of Representatives on Jan. 26, 2021

Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar at the House of Representatives on Jan. 26, 2021

CAIRO – 27 January 2021: Sphinx Airport has been developed to accommodate 900 passengers per hour instead of 300 at a cost of L.E. 1.3 billion, Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar told the parliament on Tuesday.

A cargo village has been established at the new airport to serve exporters, as Sphinx Airport strategically lies near roads leading to Upper Egypt and the Delta, so they would not have to go to Cairo Airport, Manar said.

In Alexandria, Burj al-Arab Airport has been developed with a soft loan to accommodate five million passengers a year and is now in the list of environment-friendly airports, the minister added.

Meanwhile, a car park was established at St. Catherine Airport and its runway has been extended, especially that it lies in a mountainous area, and now accommodates 600 passengers an hour. St. Catherine is a nature reserve and a promising tourist destination.

Ministers go to the newly sworn House of Representative to list the achievements and challenges of their respective ministries and answer lawmaker questions. 

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