However EgyptAir has a 120 minute requirement for checkin. They reduce it to 60 minutes requirement for transfer passengers from other airlines although that only gives you about a 10 minute window.
Last February I flew LHR-CAI-JED and I only stayed in Cairo for 25 minutes (albeit both flights were with MS
depends if you have to switch terminals. I connected ET (from ADD) to AF (to CDG) and had to switch terminals, a big inconvenience.
When did you visit? CAA run free shuttle buses between both terminals. They run every 20 minutes and journey time takes around 20 minutes.
There is no such thing as a transfer desk.
Yes, there is. There are 2 in T1 and 3 in T2
Also - they had to retrieve my bag and give it back to me, only to take it from me and give it to Yemenia people, even after I checked it all the way through to SAH. Bizarre
That does sound very strange and I can't explain why they did that considering you checked in at your origin airport all the way to SAH.
How many terminals are in CAI?
Currently there are 2 terminals with a capacity of 9 million. Work began last month on a new Terminal (T3) which is scheduled to open in Spring 2007 with a capacity of 11 million.
I thought the other terminal was a domestic terminal only.
No, T1 is split into 4 Halls. One handles domestic flights, one handles First and Business Class passengers and one handles all other operators (Egyptair and most Arab airlines). http://www.cairo-airport.com/terminal1_newscene.html
If those are the two terminals you are talking about, then 2 hours doesn't even seem to be enough time
As I mentioned before a free shuttle bus operates between both terminals that takes around 20 minutes. Whether a 1hr window transfer time is enough depends on the time taken to pass passport control, possible delays and visa requirements.
I am not a big fan of the CAI airport until I am on the plane
When was the last time you visited CAI? Last year they completed renovation works on T1, and are currently upgrading certain facilities in T2
. Also with the construction of the third terminal this will undoubtedly have a knock on effect and cause some inconvenience to passengers until all work is complete and by that time (according to AACO), CAI will offer facilities and infrastructure that rival most world class airports.
As for future transfer times, the authorities are going to build a monotrain system (similar to the Skytrain in FRA) to connect all three terminals.
So in conclusion, transferring between either terminal can be done in adequate time, but if your travel agent advice you to leave a greater transfer period then you should go with what s/he says. Once you get into CAI (or even when you are onboard the BA
flight) you can ask about transferring. Or if you want you can email or phone CAI (details on website). However I don't want to give you the impression that transfer will be as simple as at airports in Europe but its definitely not as bad as some have described (at least not now).