Located at the crossroads of Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Persian Gulf, Cairo International Airport is located to become the gateway to Africa, the Middle East and a regional hub for millions of visitors to Egypt. The Ministry of Civil Aviation along with the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports & Air Navigation and the Cairo Airport Company have embarked on a long-term development plan to upgrade and modernize its facilities, increase its capacities and set a new standard of service in the region. Cairo Airport's mission is to become a passenger and cargo hub for the Middle East North Africa region (MENA).
The plan is to achieve the top levels of service by rising to global competitive levels and gradually applying air transport liberalization policies. Part of the airport's strategy includes working closely with Egypt Air, which joined the Star Alliance group, as well as its partner airlines. The openings of the 211,000 m2 Terminal 3 doubled the capacity of the current facilities to 22 million annual passengers.
As part of the ambitious plan to upgrade Egypt's civil aviation facilities begun in 2002 it continues at Terminals 1 with renovated facilities, VIP Lounges. Terminal 2 will be closed until 2013 for complete renovation. After recommissioning, the facility will be ready to host 8.5 Million international passengers per year.
Recently finished projects Runway 05R/23L and new Control Tower to accommodate future traffic development. In addition current projects which are in their last stage of completion include a Seasonal Terminal for 3.5 Million Passengers/year, Multi story Car Park with capacity of 3000 cars and the Automated People Mover for moving 2000 passengers/hour within 10 minutes from T1 to T3. Further ongoing developments include a 5-star Hotel and an Extended Metro Line linking Cairo Airport with Giza.