Cairo’s new Sphinx International Airport (SPX) received its first charter flight from Jordan on Monday, the civil aviation ministry said.
The airport, located on the northern outskirts of 6 October city, opened its doors earlier this year as part of a plan to alleviate pressure on Cairo International Airport, which is on the eastern side of the capital.
According to the ministry statement, the airport received a flight from Jordan with 108 passengers on board.
The airport aims to serve the Greater Cairo districts of 6 October and Sheikh Zayed, as well as the governorates of Fayoum and Beni Suef.
It began operating in January on a trial basis with domestic flights to Sharm El-Sheikh.
It will also aim to serve tourists coming to visit the pyramids and the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), located next to the Giza Plateau, which is set to open in late 2020.
Construction work on the new airport, dubbed the “300-passenger airport” in the local press for its capacity per hour, started in 2017, carried out by the Egyptian Consultancy Company with a budget of EGP 300 million.