The Egyptian Government will spend EGP6.3bn ($1.12bn) on new airport and expansion projects, according to local press reports.

EGP2bn will be spent in the reconstruction of Terminal 2 at Cairo International Airport, while EGP4.3bn will be dedicated for three new airports in the country, the Khaleej Times reports.

Cairo Airport Company’s Ihsan Sadik said the three new airports – Burg El Arab Airport, Hurghada Airport and Asyout Airport – will handle 10 million passengers each year.

Burg El Arab is expected to be operational within a year while the remaining two airports may take two to three years to start operations.

Cairo, the biggest international airport in Egypt, opened its Terminal 3 on 27 April, with an annual capacity of 11 million passengers.