Luxor International Airport

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Luxor International Airport
Flughafen Luxor 01.JPG
Airport typePublic, Military
OperatorEgyptian Airport Company
ServesLuxor, Egypt
Elevation AMSL294 ft / 90 m
Coordinates25°40′15″N 32°42′23″E / 25.67083°N 32.70639°E / 25.67083; 32.70639
LXR is located in Egypt
Location of airport in Egypt
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
Sources: Airport web site[1] and DAFIF[2][3]

Luxor International Airport (IATA: LXR, ICAO: HELX) is the main airport serving the city of Luxor, Egypt. It is located 6 km (4 miles) east of the city. Many charter airlines use the airport, as it is a popular tourist destination for those visiting the River Nile and the Valley of the Kings.


In 2005, the airport was upgraded[4] to accommodate up to 8 million passengers a year. Facilities for passengers include 48 check-in desks, 8 gates, 5 baggage claim belts, a post office,[5] a bank,[5] a Bureau de change, an auto exchange machine (CIB), restaurants, cafeterias, a VIP Lounge, a duty-free shop,[4] a newsagent/tobacconist, a chemist shop, a gift shop, a travel agency,[5] a tourist help desk, car rental, first aid, a baby/parent Room, disabled access/facilities and a business centre.[5]

Facilities for cargo include refrigerated storage, animal quarantine, livestock handling, health officials, X-Ray equipment, and fumigation equipment. The cargo terminal handling agent for the airport is EgyptAir Cargo.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Apron view of Luxor International Airport
Luxor Aerodrome terminal 1961
Air Arabia[6] Cairo,[7] Jeddah, Kuwait City
Seasonal: Sharjah
AlMasria Universal Airlines Seasonal: Cairo
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich[8]
EgyptAir Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh[9]
Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Jazeera Airways Kuwait City
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa[10]
Nile Air Cairo
Qatar Airways Doha[11]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Turkish Airlines Istanbul

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 21 September 1987, an EgyptAir Airbus A300 crashed on landing during a training flight, killing all five crew members on board.[12]
  • On 6 April 1994, a Sudan Airways Boeing 737-200 was hijacked and diverted to Luxor. Upon landing, the hijacker surrendered to the authorities. There were no fatalities or injuries and the aircraft was not damaged.[13]
  • On 20 February 2009, an Antonov An-12 crashed after an engine caught fire on take-off. All five crew were killed.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Luxor Airport, official web site - no longer an official web site
  2. ^ "Airport information for HELX". World Aero Data. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link) Data current as of October 2006. Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for LXR at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  4. ^ a b "History of Luxor Airport (LXR): Airport History and Facts, Luxor Area, Egypt". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Luxor Airport (LXR) Airlines and Terminals: Airlines at Airports in Luxor Area, Egypt". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Flights to Luxor".
  7. ^ "Air Arabia".
  8. ^ "Flights from Zurich to Luxor, Egypt | Edelweiss".
  9. ^ "EgyptAir to start weekly flight service from Sharm El-Sheikh to Luxor on 27 October". 15 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Flight Times".
  11. ^ "Qatar Airways highlights Egypt: launches Sharm el-Sheikh, resumes Luxor and increases Cairo". 30 September 2021.
  12. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A300B4-203 SU-BCA Luxor Airport (LXR)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-2J8C registration unknown Luxor Airport (LXR)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Five dead in Ukrainian plane fire at Luxor airport – Summary". The Earth Times. Retrieved 20 February 2009.

External links[edit]

Media related to Luxor International Airport at Wikimedia Commons