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Cairo International Airport

Cairo International Airport (IATA: CAI, ICAO: HECA)  is the busiest airport in Egypt and the primary hub for Star Alliance member EgyptAir. The airport is located to the north-east of the city around 15 km from the business area of the city.

The airport is administered by the Egyptian Holding Co. for Airports and Air Navigation (EHCAAN), which controls four companies including: Cairo Airport Co., Egyptian Airports Co., National Air Navigation Services and Aviation Information Technology and the Cairo Airport Authority (CAA), which is the regulatory body. In 2004, Fraport AG won the management contract to run the airport for 8 years.

Cairo International is the second busiest airport in Africa after Tambo International Airport in South Africa. Over 65 airlines use Cairo airport (including charter airlines) and 9 cargo airlines. EgyptAir 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 A380).

In 2009, the airport served 14,382,042 passengers (+0.2% vs. 2008) and handled just under 143,000 aircraft movements (+3.6% vs. 2008). Total airfreight tonnage handled at the airport in 2009 dropped by 3.9% to approximately 274,550 tonnes.

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 is currently under construction and will replace the current crossing runway once it goes into operation in 2010. Runway 05L/23R is 3,300m long, 05C/23C has a length of 4,000m and the new runway will be designated as 05R/23L and will be 4,000m. A new cargo terminal is also under construction.

In 2010, the airport was voted one of the three most improved airports in the 2010 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

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