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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:          http://www.cairo-airport.com/
  • 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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Christchurch International Airport Reviews

Christchurch International Airport Reviews-garden cityIf you’ll recall, we already wrote a review about the busiest airport in New Zealand: Auckland Airport. But that doesn’t mean our airport of the day is just a loser at second rate. Definitely, no!

Today, we’ll be writing a review about the main airport that serves Christchurch, more known as Christchurch International Airport (CHC).

Christchurch is the 3rd largest urban area in New Zealand in terms of population. The nickname of Christchurch is the “Garden City” owing to its large botanic gardens and central park. Did you also know that Christchurch was the first place in New Zealand to officially become a city; this occurred in July 1856. CHC started with a decision in 1935 by a local council to establish a new aerodrome, and thus that’s the beginning of Christchurch International Airport.


It is not hard to get around Christchurch International Airport because the domestic and international terminals are located within the same building. CHC has a total of 5 restrooms and free showers are available too, located in the international arrivals hall. Additionally, for a fee of $5, travellers are provided with soap and towel. More showers are located at the Manaia Lounge.

Christchurch International Airport Reviews-i-siteThe i-SITE Visitor Centre serves as the airport’s help center in providing information and bookings for accommodation, transport and sightseeing tours; staff operate a full travel agency service. Airport help desks are located in both terminals and the contact line is open 24 hours.

There is a range of bars, cafés, and restaurants at Christchurch International Airport, the majority of which can be found on the first floor. Shops at Christchurch International Airport include a luggage retailer, newsagents, clothing outlets, and souvenir shops. These are located throughout the airport, although the majority can be found on the first floor. Duty-free shopping is situated in International Departures and International Arrivals.

Christchurch International Airport Reviews-restaurantsRest assured that the airline is operational for 24 hours. To stay connected, free unlimited WiFi access can be used while at the airport, by connecting to “CIAL_Free_WiFi”. Additionally, internet kiosks are situated within both terminals. However, please be aware of the new policy of airport for sleepovers, see our airport news below about “Wristband Policy.”

Getting To and From

For directions, if you are driving from the centre of Christchurch (Cathedral Square), take Colombo Street northbound and then Bealey Avenue and Harper Avenue westbound. From here, turn right onto Fendalton Avenue and continue to Fendalton Road/Memorial Avenue. Christchurch International Airport is located at the end of Memorial Avenue, off Durey Road. The total drive time to the airport from Christchurch is approximately 18 minutes.
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But, if you are planning to rely on public transportation, buses, shuttles, and taxis are an option too. Metrobus connects the airport to the city center, same with Taxis. SuperShuttle stops are located directly outside the terminal complex.

Location – Traffic – Service

Christchurch International Airport is situated 12km (7.5 miles) northwest of Christchurch city centre and operates as a hub for Air New Zealand.
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The prevailing wind in Christchurch is from the north-east and to a lesser extent from the south-west, but the city is also affected by Canterbury’s nor’west foehn wind. As a result, the airport has two perpendicular runways.

The airport is a public and military type of air facility which serves non-stop destinations within Australia. CHC consists of a single terminal which caters for both domestic and international flights and statistics shows that the airport had received a total passenger count of 6,092,827 in 2015.

Airport/Terminal Map
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Christchurch International Airport Reviews and News

After reading several Christchurch International Airport reviews on Skytrax, the airport had garnered an overall score of 6/10. Based on 32 Christchurch International Airport reviews, travellers are not that really satisfied with the facilities and services of the airport. One reviewer had mentioned that CHC has been the “Slowest airport I have to travel through”. On a positive note, this was the only complaint posted recently, because the following comments and feedback are all praises and acknowledgements with the airport’s effort.

The airport recently toughened up its policies, due to some travellers who were spending over a week inside the terminal and cooking on their camp stoves in the bathrooms. The airport has a wristband policy, so now only travellers who have proven that they will be departing on an early morning flight will be permitted to stay inside the terminal.
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Contact Information:

  • Airport Code:        CHC
  • Contact Email:     enquiries@cial.co.nz
  • Phone Number:    +64 3-353 7777
  • Website URL:       http://www.christchurchairport.co.nz/en/
  • Address:               30 Durey Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand


Christchurch International Airport keeps on moving up the ranks. This year, CHC had taken the 51st spot from The World’s Top 100 on Skytrax (from being 76 last year); this has only proved that Christchurch International Airport reviews and the information we gathered are not just a pretty picture to make the airport look good. Remember, there’s nothing wrong being on the second place. It only means you are the closest one to compete with the best.

Have you been to Christchurch International Airport? Feel free to leave a comment below.