The Egyptian Civil Aviation Holding Company has recently decided to carry out expansion and development works at the Luxor International Airport. Plans include establishing a new passenger arrivals and departures terminal and the construction of an aircraft lot with a holding capacity of 50 planes.
According to reports in the Cairo-based Al-Ahram, the new building, which will stretch over a 35,000 square meter area, will have a 4,200 passengers per hour capacity, reflecting the projected volume of tourist passage through the airport on a yearly basis, over the next 15 years.
The 300-million Egyptian pound ($77 million) projects are reportedly to be completed by the second half of 2002. An additional sum of $145 million was allocated for the paving of 30 new tarmacs in Luxor, as well as in Hurghada and Sharm Al-Shaik airfields.
Such projects are part of a program, launched by the Egyptian government in 1997, for the modernization of 17 Egyptian airports with a strong relation to tourism activity, including the Luxor, Aswan, Hurghada, Marsa Matruh and Burg Al-Arab airports. The program is implemented through the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA). — (MENA Report)
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