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Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport


Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport

Sharm el-Sheikh
International Airport

مطار شرم الشيخ الدولي
Airport type Public (former Military)
Operator Government
Serves Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 143 ft / 44 m
Location of airport in Sinai
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04L/22R 3,081 10,108 Asphalt
04R/22L 3,081 10,108 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Passenger throughput 8,693,990[1]
Source: DAFIF[2][3]

Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport (}

}}: مطار شرم الشيخ الدوليMaṭār Sharm al-Shaykh al-Duwaliyy) (ICAO: HESH), formerly known as Ophira International Airport, is an international airport located in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. It is the third busiest airport in Egypt after Cairo International Airport and Hurghada International Airport.


  • Overview 1
  • Terminals 2
    • Terminal 1 2.1
    • Terminal 2 2.2
    • Future Terminal 3 2.3
  • Airlines and destinations 3
  • Incidents and accidents 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The airport was opened on May 14, 1968 as an Israeli Air Force base. After the signing of the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty and Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula, it was reopened as a civilian airport.

In 2008 the Egyptian Airports Holding Company (EAHC) announced plans to build a third terminal at the airport. The company expects to receive design offers before the end of September 2008. EAHC Director Ibrahim Mannaa said that it is a move to meet the sizeable increase in passengers numbers at the airport, which exceeded 28% during the first eight months of 2008.

The largest regular aircraft operating into the airport was the Boeing 747-400 by Transaero Airlines (from Moscow). British Airways operated the only regular scheduled Boeing 777-200ER service (from Gatwick Airport); this has now ceased.


Terminal 1

On 23 May 2007, the airport's second terminal was inaugurated with a capacity for 5 million passengers per year. The two-level 43,000 square metres (460,000 sq ft) terminal features 40 check-in counters and is designed to cater to a large number of international and chartered flights. It has two domestic and six international gates, all of which exit to remote stands. The terminal comprises three building components: two circular-shaped halls fused together by a wedge-shaped intermediate space dubbed 'the boat'. 'The boat' serves as a passenger transit hub housing passport control, duty-free, and VIP areas as well as cafes/restaurants. The halls, in stark textural contrast to the solid mass of 'the boat', feature airy, billowing tent-like roofs inspired by the indigenous Bedouin culture

Terminal 2

Although known as 'Terminal 2' this is actually the airport's original terminal building. The building underwent a complete modernisation programme in 2004 and has a passenger handling capacity of 2.5 million passengers per year. Since the auguration of Terminal 1 in 2007 most airlines have shifted operations to the new building with notable exceptions like Air Berlin, Air Cairo, and Meridiana.

Future Terminal 3

In 2008, the Egyptian Airports Holding Company announced plans to build a third new terminal at the airport. In July 2009 the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation (EHCAAN) signed a contract with Spanish construction designers Pointec for the third terminal. The terminal will double the airport's capacity from 7.5 to 15 million passengers per year. The project's primary costs are estimated at $350 million. The design phase is due to be completed by early 2010. International contractors then will be invited for an open tender to construct the terminal which is scheduled to be completely constructed by 2012.

Airlines and destinations

Departure hall at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
Control tower at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
Transaero Airlines Boeing 747-200 landing at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
Orenair Boeing 737-800 landing at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
AMC Airlines Boeing 737-800 departure from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
operated by Orenair
Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo
operated by Rossiya
Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
Air Arabia Jordan Amman-Queen Alia[4]
airBaltic Seasonal charter: Riga
Air Berlin
operated by Belair
Air Cairo Baku, Billund, Copenhagen, Katowice, Tbilisi, Oslo–Gardermoen
Charter: Belgrade, Bologna, Budapest, Bydgoszcz, Milan–Malpensa, Poznań, Sarajevo, [5] Venice, Wrocław
Air Memphis Charter: Milan–Malpensa, Venice
Air Moldova Seasonal charter: Chișinau
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
AMC Airlines Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Milan–Malpensa, Turin, Venice, Warsaw–Chopin, Yerevan
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Aviatrans Kiev Seasonal: Kharkiv
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino
Charter: Bologna, Turin, Verona
British Airways London–Gatwick
Cham Wings Airlines Damascus
Condor Seasonal: Munich
Danish Air Transport Copenhagen[6]
Edelweiss Air Zürich
easyJet London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester
EgyptAir Cairo, Jeddah, Kuwait
operated by EgyptAir Express
Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor
Enter Air Charter: Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław
Estonian Air Seasonal charter: Tallinn
Eurowings Düsseldorf (begins 07 November 2015)
operated by Germania Flug[7][8]
Flynas Jeddah, Riyadh
I-Fly Charter: Moscow–Vnukovo
Jazeera Airways Kuwait
Jet Time Charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Jetairfly Brussels[10]
Kogalymavia Charter: Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
LOT Polish Airlines
operated by CanJet
Seasonal charter Warsaw–Chopin
Meridiana Charter: Bergamo, Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Seasonal charter: Ancona[11]
Middle East Airlines Seasonal: Beirut
Mistral Air Charter: Bergamo, Bologna
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Manchester
Neos Charter: Bergamo, Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona[12]
Nesma Airlines Charter: Milan–Malpensa, Poznań, Tallinn, Venice, Wrocław
Niki Charter: Graz, Linz, Vienna
NordStar Charter: Moscow–Domodedovo, Sankt Petersburg
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Barnaul, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Oslo–Gardermoen
Novair Charter: Gothenburg–Landvetter, Malmö, Stockholm–Arlanda
Orenair Charter: Belgorod, Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Tuymen, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen[13]
Primera Air Charter: Malmö
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia
RusLine Charter: Belgorod
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Charter: Trondheim
SCAT Charter: Almaty
Small Planet Airlines Bergamo, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino
Charter: Vilnius
SmartLynx Airlines Charter: Riga
SunExpress Deutschland Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
TAROM Seasonal charter: Bucharest
Thomas Cook Airlines Birmingham, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, London–Stansted
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Brussels
Thomson Airways Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Exeter
Seasonal charter: Dublin Amsterdam
Travel Service Airlines Seasonal: Brno, Budapest, Ostrava, Prague
TUI Airlines Netherlands Amsterdam
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg–Landvetter, Malmö, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal: Dnipropetrovsk, Kiev–Boryspil, Odessa, Lviv
Charter: Kharkiv
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Sankt Petersburg, Perm
UTair Aviation Charter: Moscow–Domodedovo, Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Sankt Petersburg
UTair Ukraine Charter: Kiev–Boryspil
VIM Airlines Charter: Moscow–Domodedovo
Wind Rose Aviation Seasonal: Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Kiev–Boryspil, Odessa
Charter: Ivano-Frankivsk, Uzhhorod

Incidents and accidents

See also


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  2. ^ Airport information for HESH at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for SSH at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
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