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. Egypt Air is the largest operator at the airport, holding 61% of the departure slots in 2009. With the assimilation of the carrier 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 Airbus A380) .
The airport has three terminals, with the third (and largest) opened on 27 April 2009, Terminal 2 was closed in April 2010 for major renovation works to the building’s structure and facilities. A third parallel runway replaced the crossing runway in 2010. Runway 05L/23R is 3,300 meters (10,800 ft) long, 05C/23C has a length of 4,000 meters (13,000 ft). A new cargo terminal is also under construction. In 2010, the airport was voted one of the three most improved airports in 2010 Skytrax World Airport Awards.
From the moment you step out of the plane, you’ll pass procedures easily and well you can do whatever you wish. Duty free shops are like dozens with really good prices and the food court is absolute fantastic and clean. The gates are great and organized. It is a grand achievement without doubt.