It is a large tourist airport located 23 kilometres from Sharm El-Sheikh. It was previously known as Afira International Airport. It was given to the Ministry of Civil Aviation after the rest of the occupied lands of Sinai were liberated, and it had a simple pre-equipped building divided into a travel and arrival hall, each with a capacity of 150 passengers.
Sharm El Sheikh is an Egyptian town on the southern point of the Sinai Peninsula, in South Sinai Governorate, on the waterfront strip along the Red Sea. Its people are approximately 73,000 as of 2015. Sharm El Sheikh is the administrative hub of Egypt's South Sinai Governorate, which covers the smaller coastal towns of Dahab and Nuweiba as well as the mountainous interior, St. Catherine Monastery and Mount Sinai. The city and holiday resort is a significant centre for tourism in Egypt, while also bringing many global conferences and diplomatic meetings.
Featuring the southern coast of the Gulf of Aqaba, between Tiran Island and Ras Mohammed National Park, some of the most amazing landscapes in the world. It made clear water crystal stunning diversity of exotic fish flowing inside and outside the colourful coral reefs for diving this area. Sharm El-Sheikh is specifically designed for this purpose, a prime position here, where he devotes himself only to spend the sun and sea holidays that provide a friendly atmosphere, with world-class diving.
In Sharm El Sheikh, the main tourism is based on tourists and foreign residents, due to its distinguished dry climate all year round with hot summers and warm winters in addition to wonderful natural beaches, clear waters and tranquillity for most of the year and has become famous in many water sports, especially recreational diving and snorkelling. There is a great field for scientific tourism with a diversity of marine life types, as there are approximately 250 different coral reefs and 1,000 species of fish.
Sharm El Sheikh airport is located 11 miles to the North-East from the Sharm El Sheikh resort-city at the highway (the El-Salam street) leading through the airport along the recreation area of Sharm El Sheikh. The airport buildings are perfectly noticeable from the highway and it's improbable to miss them. The two passenger terminals are situated one behind another.
Sharm El Sheikh Airport is the second major airport in Egypt, Nowadays there are two passenger terminals at the airport. Terminal 1 has been put into action in 2007 and serves international flights. The terminal consists of two different levels separating incoming and outgoing passenger traffic. Terminal 2 serves domestic flights.
The third passenger terminal is planned to be deployed in 2012. It’s also in prospect to approach the railway to the airport.
Travellers arriving at the Sharm El Sheikh airport exit through the arriving area. International passengers pass through passport control and customs supervision. Egypt's entry permit can be taken directly in the arrival section.
Before leaving, it’s needed to check-in at the departure hall. Checking-in starts 3 hours before the scheduled departure time and ends 1 hour before the departure. After checking-in the special supervision is necessary. Passport control and customs supervision are compulsory for international passengers.
There are many cafes, restaurants, fast food at the Sharm El Sheikh airport for those who want to have special Egyptian cuisine meals. Catering stations can be found in the air terminal and in the customs zone as well. National and European dishes are served in the cafes and restaurants of the airport.
Currency exchange is possible at the currency exchange offices and bank departments inside Terminal 1. There are also several 24-hour ATMs (cash terminals) at the airport.
There are several pay phones for international calls in the passenger terminals of the airport. Wireless Internet access via Wi-Fi is also available.
Passenger stations in Sharm el-Sheikh airport Include wider shopping facilities including a large number of shopping and souvenirs exempted from customs duties and direct ports and Bazaars. These are the places to spare time before take-off and to buy all the needed.
There are also luggage packaging services at the departure zone at Sharm El Sheikh Airport. The traveller area provides passengers with a warehouse to store their luggage for some time. There is also a lost luggage office in the arrival section.
Sharm El Sheikh Airport is furnished with wheelchair service platforms that give people unable to move wide opportunities for transportation. The special service on arrival or departure requires advance notice from the carrier.
Within a 15-minute drive from the airport, there are many coastal hotels that have different rooms and conference rooms equipped with all the necessary amenities
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There is no hotel in Sharm El Sheikh Airport. Expatriates are welcome at hotels in the resort area, not far from the airport.
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