FILE – New Administrative Capital
CAIRO - 8 July 2019: The Civil Aviation Ministry will conduct an experimental operation of the New Administrative Capital airport on Tuesday July 9, according to sources at the ministry.
The sources added that the ministry finalized all needed preparations and a delegation from the ministry's leaderships inspected the airport to ensure that it is ready to be opened.
Few days ago, a delegation of the Civil Aviation Ministry made a tour of the airport including passenger terminals, passport counter, the free zone, airstrips, and the watchtower.
The airport will promote tourism and alleviate intensive operation of the Cairo International Airport.
It will also contribute to developing the Suez and Ain Sokhna ports where logistic and industrial zones will be set up in this area to become an international logistic and industrial hub.
The new airport is set to connect the areas of East Cairo, Sherouk and Badr cities, and the Suez Canal cities. It's supposed to be equipped with state-of-the-art technology especially for the security systems and X-ray for baggage inspection.
It will have the capacity to accommodate 300 passengers per hour, with 45 buildings around the place and a main terminal of over 5,000 square meters of space, which will help ease the load on the Cairo International Airport.
It will also have 8 parking lots, which can take up to 500 cars and 20 buses. The airport is equipped to handle big planes, and it was built with the intention of making it easy in the future to expand the capacity.
It is scheduled to operate about 15 flights a week to serve the internal movement during the half-year vacation in Egypt. Flights are set to head from the Sphinx Airport to Luxor, Aswan, Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada and vice versa.
President Sisi laid the first stone of the New Administrative Capital in East Cairo in July 2018. With an area of 170,000 feddans, the new capital will include 20 residential areas expected to accommodate 6.5 million people and a road network of 650 km in length. The capital will include an international airport and an electric train to link it with the 10th of Ramadan and El-Salam cities.
It will feature 1,250 mosques and churches, a 5,000-seat conference center, nearly 2,000 schools and colleges, over 600 medical facilities, and a park that is projected to be the world’s largest.
The New Administrative Capital is located in the area between the Cairo-Suez and Cairo-Ain Sokhna roads, east of the regional ring road. This is roughly 60km from the cities of Suez and Ain Sokhna.
Additional report with MENA
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