Egypt’s newest airport opens October

Published May 28th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Egypt’s newest international airport at Marsa Alam, to the country’s southern Red Sea coast, will begin operations on October 1, announced the Kharafi Group, the Kuwaiti construction conglomerate responsible for the project. 


According to the Kharafi Group, the runway of the airport is three kilometers long, meaning that it is can handle all large commercial passenger aircrafts. The apron is designed to accommodate up to 16 aircrafts at a time. "The estimated traffic is more than four million passengers per year," said Jim Pringle, a spokesman for the Kharafi Group. 


The Egyptian government hopes that the new airport will help develop south Red Sea area as a major tourist destination, easily accessible from Cairo, the Middle East region, Europe, Asia and the United States.  


The Kharafi Group already has a vested interest in that part of Egypt. It also is developing a $1.2 billion resort at Port Ghalib in Marsa Alam. According to the company, Port Ghalib is being built to the standards of world-class resorts, on par with destinations such as San Tropez, Puerto Banus, Port Grimaud, Sun City and Atlantis. 


The terminal will include VIP areas, retail outlets, cafeterias and duty free shops. — (MENA Report)

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