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Cairo International Airport (CAI)

Cairo International Airport is the busiest airport in Egypt and the primary hub for Star Alliance member EgyptAir. The airport is located to the north-east of the city around 15 km from the business area of the city. Cairo International is the second busiest airport in Africa after OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa. Over 65 airlines use Cairo airport (including charter airlines) and 9 cargo airlines. With the assimilation of EgyptAir into Star Alliance in July 2008 the airport has the potential to be a major hub with its positioning between Africa, the Middle East and Europe (especially with facilities for the A380). The airport has three terminals with a third (and largest) opening on 27 April 2009. A fourth runway is currently under construction (opens late 2009) and a single cargo terminal. Runway 05L/23R is 3,300m long, 05C/23C has a length of 4,000m and 16/34 is 3,180m (all of the runways are 60m wide). The fourth runway (05R/23L), which is south of the existing airfield is 4,000m by 65m and will be suitable for the Airbus A380.

Information and Help Desks
Information desks are located in both Terminal 1 (known locally as Old Airport) and Terminal 2 (New Airport), in the Arrivals and Departures halls and in the transit hall. Flight information is available 24 hours a day. Tourist police within the terminals can also provide information.

Money and communications: The airport has a bank and ATMs; 24-hour bureaux de change and post offices are located in the Departures hall in both terminals. The post office is open 24 hours a day.

Luggage: Baggage trolleys and porters are available. Left-luggage facilities can be found in both terminals.
Other facilities: A pharmacy is located in Departures in both terminals.

Conference and Business Facilities: There is a business centre in Terminal 1 connected to the new transit hall by an escalator and providing computer and fax services. Business facilities and meeting rooms are also available in the Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel. There is a range of internationally themed VIP lounges in both terminals. Computer and fax machines are available, as is Wireless Internet access.

Facilities for Disabled Travellers: Wheelchairs are available on request and there are disabled toilets. Disabled passengers should contact their airline for assistance. There are no reserved car parking spaces for disabled passengers.

Hotels: The Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel is located 3km (2 miles) from the airport. Also close is the Concorde El Salam. Other hotels in the vicinity include Le Meridien Heliopolis. Complimentary shuttle buses run from the airport to all major hotels.

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