Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport

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Sharm el-Sheikh International Airpoirt
مطار شرم الشيخ الدولي
Terminal 2 Sharm el-Sheikh Airport.JPG
SSH is located in Sinai
Location of airport in Sinai
Airport type Public (former Military)
Operator Government
Serves Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 143 ft / 44 m
Coordinates 27°58′38″N 34°23′41″E / 27.97722°N 34.39472°E / 27.97722; 34.39472
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04L/22R 3,081 10,108 Asphalt
04R/22L 3,081 10,108 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport (Arabic: مطار شرم الشيخ الدوليMaṭār Sharm al-Shaykh al-Duwaliyy) (IATA: SSHICAO: HESH), formerly known as Ophira International Airport, is an international airport located in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Opened on May 14, 1968, In 2008, the Egyptian Airports Holding Company announced plans to build a third new terminal at the airport. The company expects to receive design offers for before the end of September 2008. Ibrahim Mannaa, the director of Airports Holding Company, said that it is a move to meet the sizeable increase in passengers numbers at the airport that exceeded 28% during the first 8 months of 2008.

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

The airport is the third busiest airport in Egypt after Cairo International Airport and Hurghada International Airport.


Terminal 1[edit]

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[edit]

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, Eurofly and Livingston Airlines.

Future Developments[edit]

Terminal 3[edit]

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[edit]

Departure hall 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
Control tower at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
AMC Airlines Boeing 737-800 departure from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
easyJet Airbus A320-200 landing at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
Transaero Airlines Boeing 777-200/ER landing at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport - Cockpit view
Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
operated by Rossiya
Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
operated by Vladivostok Air
Charter: Vladivostok
airBaltic Seasonal charter: Riga
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Zurich
Air Berlin
operated by Belair
Air Cairo Charter: Belgrade, Bologna, Budapest, Bydgoszcz, Copenhagen, Milan-Malpensa, Poznań, Sarajevo-International, Venice-Marco Polo, Wroclaw
Air Memphis Charter: Milan-Malpensa, Venice-Marco Polo
Air Moldova Seasonal charter: Chișinau
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
AMC Airlines Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Milan-Malpensa, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo, Warsaw-Chopin, Yerevan
Arkefly Amsterdam
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Aviatrans Kiev Seasonal: Kharkiv
Blue Panorama Airlines Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino
Charter: Bologna, Pisa, Turin, Verona
Cham Wings Airlines Damascus
Edelweiss Air Zurich
easyJet London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester,
EgyptAir Cairo
operated by EgyptAir Express
Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor
Enter Air Charter: Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Poznan, Warsaw-Chopin, Wroclaw
Estonian Air Seasonal charter: Tallinn
Flynas Seasonal: Jeddah, Riyadh
I-Fly Charter: Moscow-Vnukovo
Jet Time Charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Kharkiv Airlines Charter: Donetsk (suspended)[3]
Kogalymavia Charter: Mineralnye Vody, Moscow-Domodedovo, St Petersburg
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Livingston Charter: Milan-Malpensa, Verona
Meridiana Charter: Bergamo, Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Verona
Mistral Air Charter: Bergamo, Bologna
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester
Neos Charter: Bergamo, Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Verona
Nesma Airlines Charter: Milan-Malpensa, Poznań, Tallinn, Venice-Marco Polo, Wroclaw
Niki Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Vienna
NordStar Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo, St Petersburg
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Barnaul, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, 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 (begins 23 October 2014)[4]
Primera Air Charter: Malmö
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia
RusLine Charter: Belgorod
Saudia Seasonal: Jeddah, Riyadh
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stocholm-Arlanda

Charter: Trondheim

SCAT Charter: Almaty
Small Planet Airlines Bergamo, Milan-Malpensa Rome-Fiumicino
Charter: Vilnius
SmartLynx Airlines Charter: Riga
Sun Express Deutschland Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
TAROM Seasonal charter: Bucharest-Henri Coanda
Tatarstan Airlines Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo
Thomas Cook Airlines Birmingham, Glasgow-International, 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, Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: Belfast-International, Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Exeter
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Seasonal: Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Perm Amsterdam
Travel Service Airlines Seasonal: Brno, Budapest, Ostrava, Prague
TUIfly Nordic Gothenburg-Landvetter, Malmö, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Ataturk
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal: Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk (suspended),[3] Kiev-Boryspil, Lviv
Charter: Kharkiv
Ural Airlines Seasonal: St. Petersburg, Perm
UTair Aviation Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo, Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, St Petersburg
UTair Ukraine Charter: Kiev-Boryspil
VIM Airlines Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo
Wind Rose Aviation Seasonal: Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk,[3] Kharkiv, Kiev-Boryspil, Odessa
Charter: Ivano-Frankivsk, Uzhhorod
XL Airways France Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Entry requirements[edit]

Nationals from the EU and the US do not require a visa for travel to Sharm El Sheikh if the visit is for fourteen days or less, although those travelling to outside the Sinai area may still require a visa, which are purchasable for a small fee on arrival. It is mandatory for all travellers arriving at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport to complete a landing card (handed-out by crew on flight), and on departing to complete an exiting card (handed-out at check-in) before passing through passport control.[5]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On January 3, 2004, Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashed in the Red Sea shortly after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all aboard.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for HESH at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for SSH at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ a b c Notice for passengers
  4. ^ Pegasus Airlines begin new service to Egypt
  5. ^ "Egyptian Consulate visa requirements". Retrieved 2012-02-07. 

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