File photo of Egypt Sphinx International Airport (Photo Courtesy of EgyptAir Media)
Air Europa will operate two flights a month to SPX.
The Sphinx International Airport, inaugurated in January 2020, is located on the desert road between Cairo and Alexandria – 45 kilometres from the Pyramids of Giza.
The location of SPX was selected to service visitors to the country who arrive on one-day trips to the historic sites in Giza.
SPX also aims to relieve congestion at Cairo International Airport and lower traffic jams in the capital.
After expansion works, the airport's total area is 24,000 square metres, up from 4,500 square metres.
Meanwhile, the airport can now receive one million passengers per year after its capacity was expanded to 900 passengers/hr, up from 300 passengers/hr.
The Egyptian Airports Company has recently eased all procedures to accommodate passengers at SPX as part of the government’s plan to attract 25-30 million visitors by 2028, up from the current 14-15 million figure.
Egypt has recently eased tourist visa requirements from China, Iran, India, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria and Israel as part of efforts to boost tourism in the country. These facilities go hand in hand with the facilities already offered to holders of a valid and used entry visa from Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Japan, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, according to Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa.
Egypt received 11.7 million tourists in 2022, up from eight million in 2021, marking a 46.2 percent increase, according to statements by Issa in mid-March.
The number of visitors to Egypt is expected to increase by 28 percent this year to 15 million, according to the minister.