Egypt and Singapore sign deal to develop Cairo International Airport

View of exterior Terminal 3 at Cairo International Airport
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In a move towards enhancing the travel and logistics landscape in Egypt, Changi Airports International (CAI) has entered into two strategic agreements with Cairo Airport Company.

These collaborations are set to shape the future of Cairo International Airport, not only as a pivotal hub in Africa but also as a global player in passenger and cargo traffic.

Egypt’s Gateway Airport


Cairo International Airport stands as a bustling gateway not only to Egypt but also to the entire African continent. To further elevate its standing, the first consultancy agreement between CAI and Cairo Airport Company is geared towards enhancing the passenger experience.

This partnership seeks to implement innovative solutions that will streamline processes, improve comfort, and ensure a seamless journey for travelers passing through the airport.

Photo Credit: Changi Airport

Cairo Cargo City


As trade and commerce continue to expand, the importance of efficient cargo operations cannot be understated. Cairo Cargo City, a designated area within CAI, is set to undergo a transformative journey, thanks to the second consultancy agreement.

This feasibility study aims to unlock the potential of Cairo Cargo City for robust cargo and logistics development, thus contributing to Egypt’s position as a regional trade hub.

Minister of Civil Aviation’s Endorsement


H.E. Mohamed Abbas Helmy, the Minister of Civil Aviation of Egypt, has expressed his support for the strategic collaboration between CAI and Cairo Airport Company.

During a visit to Singapore Changi Airport, he emphasized that this partnership signifies a significant step towards bolstering Egypt’s status as a hub for both passenger and cargo traffic. This endorsement reflects the shared vision of creating a world-class airport experience in Cairo.

Leveraging Cairo Airport’s Position


Changi Airport’s global reputation as a paragon of excellence in the aviation industry speaks volumes. With an impressive record of winning the Skytrax World’s Best Airport Award on twelve occasions, Changi Airports International brings unparalleled expertise to the table.

Mr. Magdy Ishak Azzer, Chairman and CEO of Cairo Airport Company, underlines the anticipation of harnessing Changi’s experience to implement value-added solutions at Cairo International Airport.

Mr. Eugene Gan, CEO of CAI, envisions a partnership that extends beyond immediate improvements. “We seek to unlock Cairo Airport’s tremendous potential for growth, leveraging on its status as one of the busiest airports in Africa by passenger and cargo volumes,” said Gan.

“We also look forward to not only providing impactful solutions in the short term, but to a longer-term partnership with Cairo Airport Company.”

While the collaborations aim to bring swift and impactful enhancements to Cairo International Airport, they also lay the foundation for a long-term synergy between CAI and Cairo Airport Company.

This strategic outlook reflects CAI’s commitment to unlocking the full growth potential of Cairo Airport, harnessing its status as a bustling gateway to the African continent.

Cairo International Airport


Cairo International Airport (CAI) is the principal international airport of Cairo and the largest and busiest airport in Egypt. It serves as the primary hub for Egyptair and Nile Air as well as several other airlines.

The airport is located in Heliopolis, to the northeast of Cairo around fifteen kilometres (eight nautical miles) from the business area of the city and has an area of approximately 37 km2 (14 sq mi).

The airport was built in 1945 on the site of a former American airbase. It was originally called King Farouk I Airport, but was renamed Cairo International Airport in 1952 after the Egyptian Revolution.

The airport has three passenger terminals: Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and Terminal 3. Terminal 1 is the oldest and smallest terminal, and is used for domestic flights and low-cost carriers.

Terminal 2 is the largest terminal and is used for most international flights. Terminal 3 is the newest terminal and is used for VIP flights and Hajj flights.

CAI is a major hub for tourism in Egypt. It handles over 10 million passengers per year, making it the 11th busiest airport in Africa. The airport is also a major cargo hub, handling over 2 million tons of cargo per year.

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