Cairo International Airport

As part of the ambitious plan to upgrade Egypt’s civil aviation facilities, Cairo International Airport Terminal 2 is currently undergoing a major renovation to double its capacity to 7.5 million passengers per year. The project comprises the renovation of the existing Terminal 2, the construction of new buildings which includes a new departure hall, and a new airside pier. 
January 2016 the project is in the final stages of its commissioning phase. The testing phase will start mid-February 2016. The opening of the airport with the operational bagage handling system is planned for April 2016. The scope of the Terminal 2 project includes a connection line to the existing Terminal 3. By integrating the high-level controls of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 the ‘One-terminal philosophy’, acknowledged by Cairo Airport Company to be the future of their baggage handling system, can be realised.


4,800 bags per hour (Departure)
2x 353 meter HELIXORTER tilt-tray sorters installed
500 bags in Early Bag Storage

Facts & figures         

  • Project milestones
    > Contract awarded July 2013
    > Operational expected April 2016
  • Project organisation
    > Vanderlande as BHS subcontractor for Limak (General contractor)
  • Capacity (bph)
    > Departure: 4,800 total
    > Arrival: capacity dependent on operators
  • Check-in
    > 4 check-in islands with 75 three-belt check-in positions
    > 2 redundancy switch via VERTIBELT diverter
    > 4 VIP/CIP three-belt check-in positions
  • Out of Gauge
    > 1 integration of security screening machine
    > 1 lateral for make-up
  • Transfer
    > 2 unloading laterals for transfer baggage
    > 1 redundancy switch via VERTIBELT diverter
    > 2 VERTIBELT diverter to manual coding station for no-read bags
  • Identification
    > 360 degrees automatic tag readers (ATR)
    > 4 manual coding stations on transfer lines
  • Screening
    > 6x integration of Security Screening Machines (Level 1)
    > 4x integration of Security Screening Machines (Level 3)
  • Sorting
    > 2x 353 meter HELIXORTER tilt-tray sorters installed above each other
    > 28 outputs for manual encoding, early bags, make-up laterals and carousels
  • Early Bag Storage
    > Lane-based EBS with 44 VERTIBELT diverters and lanes (approx. 500 bag positions)
    > 1 VERTICROSS at EBS lines
  • Make-up
    > 23 spiral chutes to make-up laterals
    > 3 tilted make-up carousels
  • TB3/TB2 connection
    > 2 VERTICROSS unit for redundancy design of connection lines to T3B
    > 2 pusher diverter on carousel sorters at TB3
  • Arrival system
    > 7 tilted reclaim carousels (+ one existing)
    > 1 transport line for OOG baggage
  • Controls
    > Sorter controls by Profinet communications

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