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Govt looking into airport liquor ban, nighttime closures, says minister

Government officials are weighing the cost effectiveness of banning liquor sales at Egyptian airports and closing the Cairo International Airport at night, said Civil Aviation Minister Wael al-Maddawy at a news conference.

 

Officials will attempt to guage the projected loss of income if these measures are adopted, and the impact they would have on revenues and customs. The minister claimed airport workers, particularly those employed in duty-free shops, were demanding the ban.

 

When asked about the possible closure of the Cairo airport at night, Maddawy said, “This matter is still being examined, and we have not made a decision on it yet.” Nighttime closures would not be implemented if it would interfere with flight schedules, he added. Tawfiq Assy, chairman of EgyptAir Holding Company, said in a press statement on Sunday that the company’s losses  over the past two years have totaled LE5.3 billion due to the decline in tourism and the rise of the dollar and fuel costs.


Almasry Alyoum, via Egypt.com

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Egyptian airports adopt CUPPS (common use passenger processing systems) technology

Egyptian airports adopt CUPPS (common use passenger processing systems) technology | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

ARINC has signed a three-year contract with Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation (EHCAAN) to install passenger processing solution vMUSE at five regional Egyptian airports – Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor, Aswan, Borg El Arab and Abu Simbel. The ARINC vMUSE platform is fully compliant with the IATA CUPPS standard for common-use passenger systems.

ARINC will be working in partnership with Aviation Information Technology (AVIT), a subsidiary of the EHCAAN. It will create and install the core common passenger processing systems and handle third-level support, whilst first and second level support are provided by AVIT itself.

“Egyptian Airports Company (EAC) airports have been experiencing strong growth for several years,” said Dr. Ashraf Zaki, Vice President of EHCAAN. “We believe that ARINC is an ideal partner to handle our continued expansion given their industry-leading technology and the tremendous airport experience they bring to the table, both globally and here in the Middle East.”

 

(Future Travel Experience)

http://www.futuretravelexperience.com/2013/03/egyptian-airports-adopt-cupps-technology/

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Cairo Airport Security Authorities Deport 9 Passengers who entered Egypt illicitly

Cairo Airport Security Authorities Deport 9 Passengers who entered Egypt illicitly | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported that a security patrol on a special mission from Al-Salloum Border Exit have arrived at Cairo Airport, including 8 Sudanese nationals who have been deported on board the German plane heading to Frankfurt.

 

In the meantime another security patrol on a similar special mission have arrived from southern Sinai including one Nigerian national who has been deported on board the Ethiopian plane heading to Addis Ababa and thence to his home country. (IY)

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Land port on Egypt-Sudan border to be completed by Jan 2014

Land port on Egypt-Sudan border to be completed by Jan 2014 | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Hatim Abd al-Latif, Egypt’s minister of transportation, said that a land port currently being constructed near the town of Qastal on the Egyptian-Sudanese border will be completed by January 2014.

 

He added that those living in the Aswan province, and specifically the city of Abu Simbel, would be given priority to work at the port. (...)

These facilities will be equipped with the most modern forms of technology to engage in searches and seizures, in addition to three electricity generators operating at 500 kilowatts. The port will also include wide areas of land which will be used to regulate the movement and flow of cars and heavy vehicles, in addition to a 280 metre-long, six metre-wide dirt road  set aside specifically for camel traffic.

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New project to launch near Cairo International Airport in April

New project to launch near Cairo International Airport in April | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By: Nada Badawi / Dailu news Egypt

 

Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation is set to launch a new $20m development project outside the Cairo International Airport, according to Abdel Aziz Fadel, deputy at the ministry.

“The project is still in its very early stages, but it is expected to provide thousands of jobs,” said Fadel.

Minister of Aviation Samir Imbabi said that “the new global city development is set to cover 10 million square metres of land.”

“The planning stages will be completed by end of April and the launch of the project announced at the Airport Cities Conference in Johannesburg from 24 to 26 April,” Imbabi said.

“The project will take five to eight years and will provide 30,000 direct jobs and 70,000 indirect jobs,” he added.

The Cabinet also said that several major investment projects will be announced in the next four months to boost the economy, targeting areas in Upper Egypt and Qattara Valley.

“It is important to initiate such projects to revive our economy and encourage investments again,” Fadel concluded.

 

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/16/new-project-to-launch-near-cairo-international-airport-in-april/

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British airline company Icon set to conclude plans to construct a new ‘airport city’ in Cairo

British airline company Icon set to conclude plans to construct a new ‘airport city’ in Cairo | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Ministry of Civil Aviation and British airline company Icon are set to finish reviewing plans to construct a new ‘airport city’ on 2288 acres of land at Cairo airport by mid-April, according to Minister of Civil Aviation Wail al-Madawi.

Investments for the project are estimated to have reached $20 bn.

Al-Madawi added that the plans include a number of restaurants and hotels, intended to accommodate future expansions in Cairo airport’s passenger capacity, which is expected to reach 70 million.

The Ministry stated that, once the plans have been reviewed, they will seek to construct similar projects near the Burg al-Arab airport in Alexandria and around the Port Said airport.

In a meeting held on 10 March with the Shura Council’s Transportation Committee, Al-Madawi said that a 10 year plan had been presented regarding the implementation of similar projects in other parts of the country.

He added that the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), on concluding the review, planned to build a passenger reception hall for the airport capable of hosting an expected three million passengers at an expected cost of EGP 180m, in addition to an additional aeroplane corridor at a cost of EGP 120m. (Daily news Egypt)

 

More : http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/12/british-airline-company-icon-set-to-conclude-plans-to-construct-a-new-airport-city-in-cairo/

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Egypt Protests Called Against Hiring Mursi Son for State Job

Egypt Protests Called Against Hiring Mursi Son for State Job | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt tightened security at Cairo airport and the Aviation Ministry after activists called for protests against a decision to hire President Mohamed Mursi’s son that led to claims of nepotism.

 

Employees at the Civil Aviation Ministry were given the day off, while a number of workers at Egypt Air left their offices early today in anticipation of possible marches, state-run Ahram gate reported. Activist groups have called for protests to voice their anger at the decision by the state-owned Egypt Airports and Air Navigation Holding Company to hire Omar Mursi, a recent graduate of Zagaziq University’s Faculty of Commerce, according to a joint e-mailed statement.

 

“The decision came through nepotism and is against the constitutional principal of equality between citizens,” said the groups, including the Revolutionary Youth Coalition and Egypt Students Movement. Demonstrations will be held to protest unemployment, they said.

 

“We won’t allow the current regime to repeat Mubarak’s regime or repression, working for their personal interests,” the statement cited Bishoy Asaad, founding member of the Justice and Equality movement, as saying, referring to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in an uprising two years ago.

 

More on: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-02-17/egypt-protests-called-against-hiring-mursi-son-for-state-job

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