Egypt to conduct pilot operation of NAC airport on Tuesday

MENA , Ahram Online , Monday 8 Jul 2019

Construction at New Administrative Capital
File Photo: Construction machines and workers are seen in Egypt's new administrative capital, approximately 45 km (28 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt October 18, 2017. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry is set to conduct a pilot operation of the New Administrative Capital (NAC) airport on Tuesday.

Sources at the ministry said on Monday that the ministry finalized all needed preparations and a delegation from the ministry's leaderships has inspected the airport to ensure that it is ready to be opened.

The news comes after a delegation from the ministry toured the airport, inspecting 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 to become an international logistic and industrial hub.

The new airport is set to connect the areas of East Cairo, Shorouk and Badr cities, and the Suez Canal cities.

It is 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.

Construction of the NAC began in 2015. Located around 45km east of Cairo, the city is part of the government's plan to reduce pressure on the existing overpopulated capital, expand urban areas and develop the nation’s infrastructure.

It is being built over 714 square kilometres by tens of thousands of workers, and will be home to a government housing district, 29 ministries and other state institutions – including the cabinet and parliament buildings – and 20 residential neighbourhoods that can accommodate 6.5 million people. 

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