Cairo International Airport Reviews

Cairo International Airport Reviews-payne airfieldThe airport traces its roots back to the mid-1940s which was during World War II, when the USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) built an airfield in Cairo, Egypt to serve the Allied Forces, rather than take over the existing Almaza Airport. By then, Payne Airfield was a major air transport command air cargo and passenger hub in Egypt. After the war, when American forces left the base, the Civil Aviation Authority took over the facility and began using it for international civil aviation.

This is how Cairo International Airport (CAI) was established. Today, we’ll be looking more about the airport’s services and reviews. Join us as we discover how has the busiest airport in Egypt been doing.

Airport Facilities

insideThe main air transport hub for Egypt’s capital city, Cairo, has a lot of facilities throughout the airport. First of all, please be aware that information desks are located in the arrivals and departures halls and in the transit hall, while tourist police can also provide information and are located within the terminals.

If you want to get your way between terminals, shuttle buses and an automated people mover system link the terminals. Since the airport can accommodate more than 15 million passengers annually, restrooms are located almost everywhere and in every department. However, it’s quite unfortunate that showers are not available.
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There are numerous restaurants at Cairo International Airport, including a range of international fast-food and coffee chains. Bars are located in the departure halls of Terminals 1 and 3 and are open 24 hours a day. Many shops, including duty-free outlets, gift retailers, clothes shops, bookshops, and newsagents, are located in the departure halls of Terminals 1 and 3 and in the transit hall.

CAI is open for 24 hours; sleeping is allowed. According to Cairo International Airport reviews, Terminal 3 has a lot of lightly padded benches to spend a relatively comfortable night. There are public telephones throughout the airport, and paid-for Wi-Fi internet access is also accessible in most areas of the terminals.

Getting To and From

The airport and Heliopolis are well signposted from the city centre. From the city, head across the 6th October Bridge onto Salah Salem/El-Orouba Road. This leads directly to Heliopolis where the airport is located. Cairo International Airport can also be reached via a link road from the Cairo Ring Road. The approximate driving time from the city centre is 25 minutes.
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By means of public transport, public buses run to a number of destinations in the city from outside the terminals. Also, a shuttle bus service connects the airport with Heliopolis and central Cairo. Taxis to central Cairo are available from outside Arrivals.

Location – Traffic – Service
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Cairo International Airport is situated 22 km (13.5 miles) northeast of Cairo in Heliopolis. CAI serves as the hub for Air Cairo, AMC Airlines, EgyptAir, Nesma Airlines, and Nile Air. The public international airport of Egypt has 3 terminals and 3 runways. Statistics show that the airport had accommodated over 14 million passengers in 2012. There’s actually a fourth terminal which is just seasonal and was designed to handle 1.200 passengers per hour.  Its purpose is to ease operational strains on the existing terminals during pilgrim seasons.

Airport/Terminal Map

Cairo International Airport Reviews and News

We read through several Cairo International Airport reviews and we are not happy with the feedback status of the airport online. One frequent fryer had even commented that he flew several times with CAI, but he still said  so much quality is missing, considering the fact that this is an international airport. Yet, another reviewer had considered Cairo International Airport as possibly the worst airport he had travelled through. And, majority of the complaints are due to disorganization and lack of maintenance over lines and halls. To see more of these Cairo International Airport reviews, click here.

Terminal 2 is currently closed for a total renovation and is scheduled to reopen towards the end of 2016. The construction of a new Cairo Metro line linking the airport with the city is planned to open in 2019.

Contact Information:

  • logoAirport Code:          CAI
  • Phone Number:      +20 2 22655000
  • Website URL:
  • Address:                 Airport Rd, Heliopolis, Cairo Governorate 11432, Egypt


It seems like Cairo International Airport is going through a lot of projects, constructions, and future plans lately; it might be because of the very low score they got from passengers and travellers online. CAI got 4/10 on Skytrax and is not part of the World’s top 100 airports in 2016. However, we are looking forward to see changes and developments in the future.

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  1. Arrived from JFK to CAI new terminal. Facilities were neat immigration fast customs a bit confusing . Long wait for luggage but finally arrived. Terminal building was nice modern signage sufficient staff a bit disorganized but finally everything fell in it’s place.

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