One year after its opening, the Airports Holding Company said that it was decided to close the Sphinx International Airport, which was inaugurated by coup leader Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on June 29, 2020, as part of a number of projects via video conference, and to stop it from operating for a period of 3 months ending by mid-September. She added that the closure is due to “the continuation of the development and expansion operations that are currently taking place inside the airport to increase the passenger capacity.”
The newspaper “Al-Araby Al-Jadeed” quoted well-informed sources in the coup government that “the airport since its operation has received only a few private flights, and that the airport was supposed to facilitate access to the area west of Cairo, and the Grand Egyptian Museum in the area of the pyramids.”
Commenting on the news, activists said that the failure was caused by the useless projects adopted by Sisi, while the Minister of Civil Aviation in the coup government confirmed that the idea of the airport was Sisi’s brainchild. The Minister of Sisi said during the inauguration of the project in October 2018: “The airport is an idea (…) Sisi, the airport will reduce traffic pressure from Cairo airport, the airport will export fruits and vegetables to Europe daily and will make a great economic boom, and the airport will not do an economic study because we don’t know, the airport will serve for 6 October, Sheikh Zayed and Minya.
Emad wrote: @Emad15265471, “I heard that they built an airport called Sphinx, with a capacity of 300 passengers per hour, to reduce the pressure on Cairo Airport. And he published videos of the airport launch and the ringing promises.
Dora Muhammad al-Sayed commented: “Failure is due to many reasons, the most important of which is that success is based on the patriotic sense of the worker, the engineer and the experts. As for the authority of orders, sticks and intimidation, it will not achieve any success.. Not to mention that a coup regime that betrays the secretariat will not achieve any success with its hands stained. With the blood of innocents, the Sphinx Airport is the curse of failure and the curse of the blood that was shed for the sake of power.”
Observers pointed out that the Sphinx Airport was a unique site that Sisi was preparing to gift the Emirates to the Emirates, as he did with Burj Al Arab Airport in Alexandria with operating rights of 50 years, or sell his land for their benefit, as he sold them the land of Nozha Airport in Alexandria after spending 320 million pounds and receiving on his land “Air Arabia” planes and “Fly Dubai”, then Sisi stopped working on it to sell his land to Emirati investors!
Mahmoud Darwish @MahmoudMDarwish said: “From my simple experience in my work in the field of tourism and aviation, I was sure that #SphinxAirport was funk and impossible to serve as a reliable international airport.”
Reasons for closing
And news websites quoted informed sources as saying that it is scheduled to complete all the development of the galleries and increase the capacity in conjunction with the imminent official opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum. She added that the Civil Aviation Authority was notified of the decision, provided that all international bodies and institutions operating in civil aviation would be notified, in order to take the necessary measures, and that work would be conducted inside the airport to include several new buildings for passengers, and that it would be restarted in mid-September.
Observers pointed out that the airport’s flagrant defects revealed its poor implementation and technical defects that appeared at the airport, with which it is not permissible to operate it at the international level, and therefore it was sufficient since its operation on private flights, and that the airport was supposed to facilitate access to the area west of Cairo, and the Grand Egyptian Museum in the area Pyramids. The source said that the airport repair operations include the travel and arrival halls, the runways and the airport perimeter, and since the airport was operated nearly two years ago, the airport has not received any regular international flights.
Source: بوابة الحرية والعدالة by fj-p.com.
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