The airport was officially inaugurated by the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on 25 May 2010. The project cost an estimated US$80 million with construction beginning in January 2009 to include a passenger terminal, a control aprons, a runway and 33 buildings allocated for various airport services.
In the light of ousting of Hosni Mubarak and a subsequent court verdict ordering removal of Mubarak's name off all establishments in Egypt, the airport was renamed to Sohag International Airport. The road signage leading to the airport has not yet been changed.
The facility is designed to handle approximately 3.5 million passengers per year. The passenger terminal building is designed with a unique Pharaonic design, consisting of two international halls for arrivals and departures, a VIP hall, duty-free shops and security facilities. The facility includes it own electricity, water, sewage and communication stations in addition there is a parking area capable of handling 400 vehicles and 25 buses.
The airport's sole runway is 3 km in length and 45 metres wide. The airport can receive aircraft as large as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. The apron is designed to handle 6 aircraft, with plans to expand this to accommodate 14 aircraft.