Friday, June 14, 2013

■ EGYPT: Works at Alexandria International to be completed in 2014 as Hurghada's second runway goes ahead.

Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation, Engineer Wael El-Maadawy, says that all infrastructural development works at Alexandria International Airport will be completed  next year. The airport was closed in 2010 for renovation and expansion with all traffic being transferred to Alexandria Borg El Arab Airport in the meantime.

Engineer El-Maadawy undertook an inspection tour of the works, adding that the newly upgraded airport would allow Alexandria Airport to remain one of the region's most important air traffic gateways.

The renovation project is expected to cost USD120 million and includes lengthening of the main runway (04/22) by an additional 750m to 2'950m and the construction of a new passenger terminal to replace the existing ageing facility.

Meanwhile, construction of a second 4'000m long runway at Hurghada Airport will be completed after 24 months at a cost of USD67million (EGP468million) Pilot Gad El-Karim Nasr, chairman of the Egyptian Airports Company, has said.

New Hurghada Airport Terminal Rendering
New Hurghada Airport Terminal Rendering (Orascom)
Last year, Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) secured a contract to build a complete airfield at Hurghada International Airport worth USD87million (EGP532million). OCI will be responsible for the airfield, including the new 4000m runway and parallel taxiway, connecting taxiways, and all airfield lighting, power supply and storm water drainage systems. The Hurghada project is estimated to take 26 months to complete.