Borg El Arab Airport

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Borg El Arab International Airport

مطار برج العرب الدولى
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerEgyptian Airports Company (EAC)
OperatorGovernment - Egyptian Airports Company (EAC)
ServesAlexandria, Egypt
LocationBorg El Arab
Hub for
Elevation AMSL177 ft / 54 m
Coordinates30°55′04″N 29°41′47″E / 30.91778°N 29.69639°E / 30.91778; 29.69639
Map
HBE is located in Egypt
HBE
HBE
Location of airport in Egypt
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 3,400 11,156 Asphalt
14/33 3,400 11,156 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Borg El Arab International Airport (IATA: HBE, ICAO: HEBA) (Arabic:مطار برج العرب الدولي) is the international airport of Alexandria, Egypt. It is located about 40 km (25 mi) southwest of Alexandria, in Borg El Arab (alternate spellings: Borg Al Arab, Burg Al Arab or Burg El Arab). The airport also serves the nearby areas of the Nile Delta.

History[edit]

In June 2009, governmental plans to develop an extension of Alexandria with an area of 390 acres (1.6 km2) located to the west of the old city were revealed. It would be later known as "New Alexandria". The new city is planned to be linked to Borg Al-Arab airport via the ring road with an estimated travel time of 25 minutes. The President also inaugurated Borg Al-Arab International Airport as one of the most recent ones in a series of new airports and development of old ones with the purpose of serving development. Borg El Arab Airport had a major expansion in terms of the airport's passenger and cargo handling capacity in response to growing demand and the new facilities were inaugurated in February 2010.

The airport has the capacity to handle 1.2 million passengers per year becoming an adequate replacement to the then larger El Nouzha Airport, which shut down in summer 2010 while that airport's facilities were planned to be overhauled. After economic woes plagued the country following the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the renovation of El Nouzha Airport was put on hold, leaving Borg El Arab as the only airport serving Alexandria. As of late 2020, there are no plans to finish El Nouzha's refurbishment, leaving Borg El Arab as the city's only operational airport.

Facilities[edit]

Departures area
Check-in hall

A brand new airport terminal was opened in February 2010 which consisted of a new passenger building and an administration building. The passenger terminal is designed in the shape of a boat and consists of three floors:

  • Ground floor: allocated for checking in and luggage handling.
  • Second floor: allocated for arrivals, both domestic and international, in addition to administrative offices and airlines offices.
  • Third floor: allocated for departures, both domestic and international, immigration procedures and a VIP hall. Commercial activities are spread among the three floors.
  • Four movable boarding bridges connect the terminal building to aircraft.

The terminal contains a duty-free shop, a franchise food court, an area dedicated for travel offices and other travel-related services, a fuel supply unit, a control tower, and a fire station available to cover emergencies on site. A parking area in front of the building provides space for 350 vehicles.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, Amman–Queen Alia, Bergamo, Doha,[3] Hurghada,[4] Jeddah, Kuwait City, Riyadh, Sharjah, Sharm El Sheikh
Air Cairo Amman–Queen Alia, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Riyadh
Afriqiyah Airways[5] Benghazi, Misrata, Tripoli–Mitiga
EgyptAir Cairo, Dammam, Dubai–International,[6] Jeddah, Kuwait City, Medina, Riyadh, Sharm El Sheikh
Seasonal: Hurghada
Etihad Airways Seasonal: Abu Dhabi
flydubai Dubai–International
FlyEgypt Amman–Queen Alia
Gulf Air Seasonal: Bahrain[7]
Jazeera Airways Kuwait City
Kuwait Airways Seasonal: Kuwait City
Libyan Airlines[8] Benghazi, Tripoli–Mitiga
Nile Air[9] Riyadh
Oman Air Seasonal: Muscat
Qatar Airways Doha[10]
Salam Air Seasonal: Muscat
Saudia Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi,[11][12] Milan–Malpensa,[13] Rome–Fiumicino[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Airport information for HEBA". World Aero Data. Archived from the original on 2019-03-05.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link) Data current as of October 2006. Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for HBE at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "Air Arabia resumes flights between Alexandria and Doha". aaco.org. 25 January 2021.
  4. ^ Casey, David (4 June 2021). "Routes in brief: Air Astana, flynas, GOL and more". routesonline.com.
  5. ^ "Trips schedule". afriqiyah.aero.
  6. ^ Liu, Jim. "EGYPTAIR resumes Alexandria Borg el Arab – Dubai service in late-Oct 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Gulf Air Returns To Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh This Summer". newsofbahrain.com. 4 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Libyan Airlines resumes flights to Egypt". aaco.org. 17 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Timetable". nileair.com.
  10. ^ "Qatar Airways says it will resume Egypt flights on Jan 18". Middle East Monitor. 13 January 2021.
  11. ^ https://www.khaleejtimes.com/business/aviation/wizz-air-abu-dhabi-ready-to-fly-to-6-cities-from-october
  12. ^ Liu, Jim. "Wizz Air Abu Dhabi moves service launch to mid-Nov 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  13. ^ http://www.travelquotidiano.com/trasporti/wizz-air-collega-milano-malpensa-alessandria-degitto/tqid-385365
  14. ^ https://www.wetravel.biz/2021/05/13/wizz-air-apre-base-a-roma-fiumicino/

External links[edit]

Media related to Borg El Arab Airport at Wikimedia Commons