Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport SSH
(or Sharm Ash Shaykh Airport) is Egypt's second-largest Airport, and is gateway to the best Red Sea Resort for countless European sun-seekers, as well as a great amount of Arab nationals, passing daily through the airport, while their numbers are still increasing. The Airport is operated by Egyptian Holding Company for Airports & Navigation.
SSH Airport, located about 23 km northeast of the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh,at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, bordering on the Red Sea. The town of Sharm el-Sheikh is described as being situated on a promontory overlooking the Straits of Tiran at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba.
With 3 long runways and an estimated average passenger count of 7 million per year, Sharm el Sheikh International is the second-largest Airport in Egypt, served by regular national & international airlines, by low-cost airlines, and charter services.
NOTE: Nationals from the EU and the US do not require a visa for travel to Sharm El Sheikh if the visit is for 15 days /14 nights
- although those travelling to outside the Sinai area still requires a visa*, which are available for a small fee on arrival. It is mandatory for all travelers arriving at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport to complete a landing card (handed-out by crew on flight - just write on the back 'Sinai Only' if staying there exclusively), and on departing to complete an exiting card (handed-out at check-in) before passing through passport control.
* A visa is needed if planning to stay over 15 days; explore sites outside of Sinai, take boat trip to Ras Mohammed; go quad biking or visit Blue Lagoon & BBQ trip; intend to go out to see like deep-sea diving trips.
It is advisable to check with the following U.K. site regarding current area situation: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt
Currently Sharm el Sheikh Airport has two passenger terminals - T1 & T2
Parking options include short- and long-term parking in a guarded parking lot across from the terminals.
- The bad news:
Due to political upheavals, on August 8 2016, all U.K. airlines were suspended; British Airways canceled flights indefinitely. International passengers heading to Egypt dropped by 50 percent in the first half of 2016 - resulting in 220 hotel closures (54 at Sharm el-Sheikh).
- The good news: As of September 1, 2016: German tour operators resume charter holidays; Germania airline offers Monday flights from Munich & Dusseldorf as of November 2016; FTI, the largest German tour operator to Egypt. will offer 80 weekly flights out of German, Austrian & Swiss airports for the upcoming winter season.
As of late October 2016, Sharm el-Sheikh Airport was served by the following airlines:
- from Cairo by Turkish Airlines, EgyptAir, South African Airways & (NP) Nile Air;
- from Istanbul by Turkish Airlines & Egypt Air;
- from Jeddah by Flynas & Saudi Arabian Airlines;
- from Alexandira by EgyptAir;
- from Milan by Meridiana; and
- from Riyadh by Saudi Arabian Airlines.
- While German tourists return,
- While a Russian delegation recently reviewed the progress of the Airport, it is possible that by late Spring 2017 some Russian airline(s) will serve this Airport again - while some west-European airlines are still hesitiant..
Present & future Airport developments:
A loan approval was obtained in April 2015 for much needed Airport extension and preparations for the construction of a new terminal, runway & control tower can go ahead. It is currently anticipated that the project will boost capacity by an additional 10M passengers, to a total of 18M annually, and that completion was then scheduled for 2018/19.