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Cairo Transfer Times!

Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:37 pm

I may be travelling to Sanaa again via Cairo. The transfer time from BA flight which lands in Cairo at 22:50 and my departure flight to Sanaa at 00:01 is too short has the travel agency said... What is the minimum transfer times at Cairo airport?
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RE: Cairo Transfer Times!

Tue Jan 25, 2005 9:20 pm

It takes no time to clear customs in CAI. 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.
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RE: Cairo Transfer Times!

Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:50 pm

depends if you have to switch terminals. i connected ET (from ADD) to AF (to CDG) and had to switch terminals, a big inconvenience.

they are at least one KM apart, and require transport.
 
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RE: Cairo Transfer Times!

Wed Jan 26, 2005 5:24 am

Air Malta - going back to Sana'a again! Enjoy your trip.

When I went to Sana'a, I connected in CAI, had to switch terminals from AF to IY. SWITCHING TERMINALS IN CAI IS HORRIBLE!!!

AF022- sounds like you had a problem there too.

They literally did not know what to do with me when I asked how I switch to the other terminal. And the fact that I was switching to an airline other than Egyptair (Yemenia in my case) made things more complicated. There is no such thing as a transfer desk. I eventually got a ride in some guy's minivan across the tarmac to the right terminal, after sitting in some dank area for a long time, with no one giving me instructions.

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.

Long story short - switching terminals in CAI is hell, and I would advise against it if you can. But have fun in Yemen.
 
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RE: Cairo Transfer Times!

Wed Jan 26, 2005 5:30 am

Long story short - switching terminals in CAI is hell

How many terminals are in CAI? I thought the other terminal was a domestic terminal only. I've utilized two terminals in CAI, but one seemed to be international and the other seemed to be domestic.
If those are the two terminals you are talking about, then 2 hours doesn't even seem to be enough time.
I am not a big fan of the CAI airport until I am on the plane.
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RE: Cairo Transfer Times!

Wed Jan 26, 2005 6:13 am

http://www.cairo-airport.com/

http://www.cairo-airport.com/pass_transit_transfer.asp


Transit Area


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).


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RE: Cairo Transfer Times!

Wed Jan 26, 2005 9:42 am

Horus can answer the question the best probably

Told you.


When was the last time you visited CAI?

It was Jul04. I didn't really have a problem it just was, as you said, not quite as user friendly as European or American airports for transferring. And someone that is unfamiliar with it might want to make sure they allow extra time for transferring, especially as the transfer is taking place at night which can cause disorientation and unfamiliarity with people.

The improvements and new installations sound wonderful.
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RE: Cairo Transfer Times!

Wed Jan 26, 2005 11:40 pm

Cheers DeltaMIA!

Unfortunately CAI was neglected for a while but CAC (Cairo Airport Company) are no turning things around for the airport. The huge success of airports like SSH, HRG and LXR (15%+ growth rates) have previously relieved some of the pressure from CAI, but the authorities have finally realized that CAI can be utilized in a more efficient way and help boost passenger numbers (CAI is one of the more resilient airports in the region, despite the turbulent times). Also with Fraport (who run FRA) recently winning a contract to run the airport more improvements are expected.

The improvements and new installations sound wonderful.
Yeah they do. Some virtual tours and pictures at:
http://www.cairo-airport.com/
and
http://www.cairo-airport.com/events.asp

Horus


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