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Cairo International Airport
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 Address Cairo International Airport
Oruba Road
Heliopolis
Cairo

Egypt
 Location The airport is located 22km (13.5 miles) northeast of Cairo.
 Country code 202
 Airport code CAI
 Telephone (0)2 291 4255
 Fax (0)2 633 2522 or 7132
 Email ciap@idsc.net.eg
 Website www.cairo-airport.com
 
Cairo International Airport is located 22 kilometres (14 miles) northeast of central Cairo and is the main international gateway to Egypt.

With 2 terminals, Terminal 1 (also referred to as the Old Airport) is mainly used by the national carrier, EgyptAir, for both domestic and international flights, while terminal 2 (the New Airport) is used by other international airlines. The terminals are roughly 3 kilometres (2 miles) apart and are linked by a free 24-hour EgyptAir shuttle bus.

Airport News

A new terminal, Terminal 3 is currently under construction for completion in January 2007.

Number of Terminals

2

Transfer between Terminals

A free shuttle bus links the 2 terminals.

Major airlines

EgyptAir is the national airline and has several offices in Cairo (telephone number: (02) 390 0999 or 393 2836 or 245 0270 (24 hours) or 290 8453 or 245 0260 or 391 4501).

Other major carriers include:

• Air Canada
• Air France
• Air India
• Alitalia
• Austrian Airlines
• British Airways
• Cyprus Airways
• Czech Airlines
• El Al
• Delta
• Gulf Air
• Japan Airlines
• KLM
• Lufthansa
• Olympic
• SAS
• Singapore Airlines
• Swiss
• Thai Air
• TWA
• Tunis Air
• Turkish Airlines
• United Airways

Approximate Flight times to Cairo:

• From London is 5 hours
• From New York is 11 hours
• From Los Angeles is 15 hours
• From Toronto is 13 hours 20 minutes
• From Sydney is 21 hours

Arrival/departure tax

None

Time Zone

GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from the last Friday in April to the first Friday in October)

Airport facilities

Money and communications

The airport has a bank and ATMs with post offices and a 24-hour bureaux de change, which are situated in the Departures hall in both terminals. The post office is open 24 hours daily.

Eating and drinking

There are many restaurants at the airport. The Bars are located in the Departures halls of both terminals and open 24 hours.

Shopping

Shops, including clothes shops, gift shops, bookshops and newsagents, are situated in the Departures halls in both of the terminals and in the new transit hall.

Duty-free shops are available in both of the terminals.

Luggage

Porters and baggage trolleys are available in both terminals, as well as left-luggage facilities.

Other facilities

A pharmacy is situated in Departures in both terminals.

Disabled Facilities

Wheelchairs are available on request and there are disabled toilets located in the terminals. Disabled passengers should contact their airline for assistance. No reserved car parking spaces are available for disabled passengers.

Conference and Business Facilities

There is a business centre in Terminal 1 connected to the new transit hall by escalator and providing computer and fax services. Metting rooms and business facilities are also available in the Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel (telephone number: (0)2 918 520). There are VIP lounges in both terminals.

Information and help desks

Information desks are situated in both Terminal 1 (Old Airport) and Terminal 2 (New Airport), in the Arrivals and Departures halls and in the transit hall. Flight information (telephone number: (0)2 634 8566) is available 24 hours a day. Tourist police within the terminals provide information.

Driving Directions

The airport is reached from Cairo city centre, across the 6th October Bridge, via Salah Salem Road which leads to Heliopolis. The airport and Heliopolis are well signposted from the centre. The airport is situated off the Al-Orouba main road.

Car Parking

Short-term car parking is available for about 1,000 cars and is walking distance of the terminal buildings.

Car Hire

Car hire companies represented at the airport include:

• Avis
• Budget
• Europcar
• J Car
• Hertz
• Thrifty

Transport to the city

Although there are bus connections into the city, the best option is to take a taxi, these cost approximately E£30-£35. An official taxi from outside the terminal is recommended, visitors should avoid bargaining with taxi touts inside the terminal. There is also an official ‘limousine taxi’ service from terminal 1, with fixed fares, which is convenient but costs almost twice as much as an ordinary taxi. Even more convenient, and more expensive, are the limousine transfers offered by luxury hotels, which cost from around E£50 to around £E100 (city centre). The taxi ride to/from the centre takes thirty minutes to one hour depending on the traffic.

Airport Hotels

The Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel (telephone number: (0)2 918 520) is located 3 kilometres (2 miles) from the airport.

Other hotels in the vicinity include Le Meridien Heliopolis (telephone number: (0)2 905 055), Movenpick Cairo (telephone number: (0)6 370 077) and Sheraton Hotel Heliopolis (telephone number: (0)2 677 730). Complimentary shuttle buses run from the airport to all the major hotels.
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