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Cairo International Airport – Cairo, Egypt

The United States Air Force originally built Payne Airfield (now Cairo International Airport) in the 1940s. A major air cargo and passenger hub, it served Allied Forces in World War II.


After the war, American forces vacated the airfield and the Civil Aviation Authority took over field operations. In 1946, the airfield was renamed King Farouk 1st Airport and served approximately 200 civilian passengers per hour.


In the 1950s, construction began on a new terminal that would increase the capacity of the airport and, in 1963, Cairo International Airport (IATA: CAI, ICAO: HECA) was inaugurated and replaced Heliopolis as the primary airport in the region. Today it is the second busiest airport in Africa, serving more than 14.4 million passengers, 143,000 aircraft movements and 275,000 tons of airfreight in 2009.


Operated by Cairo Airport Authority, Cairo International Airport is the international gateway to Cairo. Hosting domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 65 airlines, Cairo International Airport is the main hub for EgyptAir.


Cairo Airport Runways


  • Runway 05C/23C – 13,000 ft. (4,000 m) × 197 ft. (60 m)
  • Runway 05L/23R – 10,830 ft. (3,301 m) × 197 ft. (60 m)
  • Runway 05R/23L – 13,120 ft. (3,999 m) × 197 ft. (60 m)


Runway 05R/23L is a third parallel runway that replaced the crossing runway in 2010.


Flash Product Used at Cairo International Airport


The FTS 8021 unidirectional airport approach lighting system aids pilots in acquiring the runways in Cairo, Egypt.

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