The new Terminal 3 at Cairo International Airport in Egypt formally opened on April 27, 2009, with the departure of EgyptAir’s daily New York service the first to use the facility. The building, located adjacent to T2, is being used exclusively by EgyptAir and its partners in the Star Alliance – Austrian Airlines, bmi, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines. Built over five levels, T3 has a capacity to handle up to eleven million passengers a year – six on international routes and five on domestic services – with two fingers providing access to 20 contact and 33 remote stands. Each finger also has a single gate capable of handling aircraft of Airbus A380 size, with seating provided for up to 800 passengers.
“We have planned for all possible growth scenarios for the future,” said Ahmed El Emary, from the Cairo Airport Company.
Following its ‘soft’ opening on April 27, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss moved their services from Vienna, Frankfurt and Zurich on May 11 and bmi its daily London link from May 15. Egypt Air’s domestic flights were transferred from T1 to T3 on May 18, its European flights followed on June 8 while the remainder of its flights were moved across on June 15. “We learnt from the problems with the opening of T5 at London/Heathrow,” Hassan Mahmoud Rashed, Cairo Airport Company Chairman and CEO told Airports International.
“We therefore took this phased approach which has been very successful.”