Sharm El Sheikh International Airport
Sharm El Sheikh International Airport is an international airport located in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It is the third-busiest airport in Egypt after Cairo International Airport and Hurghada International Airport. The airport was previously known as Ophira International Airport. The airport has approximately 10 million passenger traffic yearly. The airport is located in the heart of the resort area just near the Red Sea coast.
The airport is located in 18 kilometers (11 miles) northeast from the city of Sharm El Sheikh. The airport serves for the major recreation area of Egypt including dozens of hotels along the seaside.
The Sharm El Sheikh airport dispatches regular flights to Cairo, the capital of Egypt, different cities of the Europe and the Middle East. However the main air traffic consists of the season charter flights from the Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavian and Baltic countries, Russia and CIS countries. The infrastructure of the airport has been constantly improved in order to increase the passenger services quality.
The Sharm El Sheikh airport possesses two passenger terminals – Terminal 2 (the old one) and Terminal 1 (the new terminal). Terminal 1 has been put into action in 2007. Being rather comfortable and up-to-date it serves for the majority of flights. The passenger terminals are equipped with the parking area, public transport stations and taxi ranks.
The developed infrastructure of the air terminals meets the demands of numerous incoming and outgoing passengers. Various restaurants and cafes, currency exchange offices, telephones and post-office, souvenir and essential commodities shops, cloakrooms and cars-for-rent offices are situated here.
The third passenger terminal and the second runway deployment is planned in 2012.
Time zone in Sharm El Sheikh GMT + 2 (daylight saving time GMT + 3 from the last Friday in April to the last Thursday in September).