Egypt opened a new international airport in Giza on January 26th for an initial trial period, in a bid to relieve pressure on Cairo airport and help boost tourism.
As reported by Reuters, Sphinx International Airport, located near the Giza pyramids and the new Grand Egyptian Museum, is expected to operate 30 flights by early February during the trial run.
The $17 million project comes as part of the Tourism Ministry's plan to improve accessibility to historical sites from resort areas on the Red Sea like Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. It will fully open in 2020.
Tourism revenues have begun to recover after years of turmoil following the "Arab Spring" protests of 2011, jumping 77 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2018 to $4.8 billion.