EgyptAir (MS, Cairo Int'l) has outlined plans to start scheduled passenger services out of Giza Sphinx International Airport with effect from January 2019. This follows a successful test flight to the facility in October this year.

According to ch-aviation analysis of schedule data, EgyptAir Express (MSE, Cairo Int'l) will connect Giza Sphinx with each of:

However, to ensure the airport's suitability for sustained commercial service, the aforementioned flights will operate on a trial basis running from January 25 to February 9, 2019. Thereafter, a decision on their continuity will be taken.

Egyptian Minister of Aviation Younis al Masri said in a statement that the opening of the airfield would ease pressure on Cairo Int'l Airport, located 47 kilometres to the east of Gaza Sphinx.

It is recalled that the Egyptian Government is also planning to build a new airport to the west of Cairo to cater to Egypt’s New Administrative Capital, set to be located 45 kilometres east of Cairo and roughly 60 kilometres from the cities of Suez and Ain Sokhna.

In August, al Masri told the Egypt Independent that in order to cater to the new metropolis, which is projected to have a population of 6.5 million, a new airport larger than the Cairo International Airport will be built. Studies as to its proposed location have already begun, he said at the time.