According to the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation, the country's new international airport has been operational since mid-July 2022. Named Sphinx International, it is located on the desert road between Cairo and Alexandria, forty-five kilometers from the pyramids of Giza. With a surface area of 4,000 m² for its main building (24,000 m² for the whole building), it will be mainly dedicated to tourism.
Its two terminals will be able to handle up to 900 passengers per hour (compared to 300 initially announced before an extension of the project) for an annual capacity of the airport of 1.2 million passengers per year. The platform will have a 3,650 meter long, sixty meter wide runway with a tarmac that can accommodate eight aircraft.
The aim of Sphinx International is to relieve the congestion at Cairo International Airport (13 million passengers before the Covid-19 crisis), based on the other side of the city, and the traffic in the capital. But also, to improve the accessibility of several nearby historical sites for tourists, including the new Great Egyptian Museum of Giza (GEM) soon to be inaugurated, on the outskirts of Greater Cairo. In addition, its arrival will facilitate connections with the Red Sea resorts (Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada in particular).
A new airline, Air Sphinx, a subsidiary of Egypt Air, should moreover be created and based on the new platform. It will serve Aswan, Hurghada, Luxor and Sharm el-Sheikh. Air Sphinx will offer fifteen flights per week to bring tourists from other regions of the country directly to the tourist sites of Giza.