The Egyptian Ministry of Aviation has conducted an inspection of West Cairo's Sphinx International Airport (SPX) in preparation for its official launch soon.
The construction of the airport started in 2016 and was inspected by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in February.
The airport aims to alleviate pressure on Cairo International Airport and serve the area of 6th of October, Sheikh Zayed, as well as the governorates of Fayoum and Beni Sweif.
The airport is set to be listed number 33 on Egypt's internal and international airports with the build–operate–transfer (BOT) system.
The new airport has been dubbed the “300 passenger airport” due to its accommodation capacity per hour.
The new airport is part of a plan to construct two other airports; Katameya International Airport to the north of Cairo to serve visitors heading to New Cairo and the under-construction new administrative capital, as well as El-Meliz Airport in Central Sinai.
In press statements in October last year, then-minister of aviation Sherif Fathy said the airport has “strategic goals,” with a plan for expanding to cargo services in the future.
Fathy has said that the airport will serve tourists aiming to visit the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) and the Great Pyramids of Giza.
The GEM is set to open in early 2019.
The airport contains two take-off and landing strips connected by intersecting lanes, as well as a 44-metre-long air traffic control tower.