El Nouzha Airport
|El Nouzha Airport
Alexandria International Airport
|Elevation AMSL||-6 ft / -2 m|
El Nouzha Airport or Alexandria International Airport (Arabic:مطار النزهة) (IATA: ALY, ICAO: HEAX) is a public airport located in Alexandria, Egypt, 7 km southeast of the city center. In 2009, the airport served 1,142,412 passengers (−1.8% vs. 2008).
The airport is currently closed for renovation and is scheduled for reopening in June 2014 and all traffic was transferred to Borg El Arab Airport.
El Nouzha Airport has a single passenger building and two runways:
- Runway 04/22: 2,201 x 45 m (7,221 x 148 ft), Surface: Asphalt
- Runway 18/36: 1,801 x 30 m (5,909 x 98 ft), Surface: Asphalt
Due to the length of the runways, the largest aircraft operating into the airport were the Airbus A320-200, Boeing 737-800 and McDonnell Douglas MD-90. Both runways are to be extended in the planned renovation of the facility.
The future of the airport was in doubt with the opening of Borg El Arab Airport, however in early 2011 the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation announced major plans to overhaul the airport and its facilities to ensure its future as one of the two commercial airports for Alexandria and Nile Delta region. The renovation project is expected to cost US$120 million which will include lengthening the main runway (04/22) by an additional 750m and the construction of a new passenger terminal to replace the existing aging facility.
The airport has been closed down by December 2011 for two years to implement the expansion project and development and will be opened end of 2014.
Airlines and destinations
As of June 2014[update] the airport is closed for refurbishment and there are no services. The airport previously offered services to domestic destinations within Egypt and cities across the Arab world. EgyptAir (and subsidiary EgyptAir Express) was the largest airline at the airport, operating over 50 weekly domestic and regional flights with a mixture of Airbus A320-200s and Embraer E-170s.
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