ON OCTOBER 21, Cairo International Airport’s new control tower was unveiled by Egyptian President, Hosni Moubarak. Having recorded over 14 million passengers in 2009, it is one of the busiest airports in the Arab world and in Africa.
To keep up with the growth in traffic, the Egyptian authorities decided to build a third runway and a new control tower to ensure optimal visibility over the extended airport.
In this context, France’s ADPI was named as the subcontracting consultant to the Cairo Airport Authority (CAA) to construct a new runway and to the National Air Navigation Services Company (NANSC) to build the new control tower.
For both of these projects, ADPI was responsible for the engineering design, architectural design and work supervision.
The 360ft (110m) high building, equivalent to 33 storeys is one of the tallest control towers in the world, giving staff in its new control room a 360-degree view across the airport.
This upgrade programme includes new communication systems and extended monitoring systems, to ensure the required safety and efficiency requirements are met.
Furthermore, ADPI also drafted the process for transitioning to the new tower, guiding the air service provider through all the necessary steps of this delicate phase in terms of both technical/risk-management aspects and operational issues. Several tests for switching control between the old and the new ATC tower were carried out to ensure that the transfer was performed safely and to validate the process.
Cairo’s new 13,123ft (4,000m) runway has been positioned 5,003ft (1,525m) from the centreline of the existing runway. Its 197ft (60m) width allows it to accommodate wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A380.
Both runway thresholds have been equipped with Category-II luminous marking and landing aides.