Luxor International Airport

Luxor International Airport (IATA: LXR, ICAO: HELX) is the main airport serving the city of Luxor, Egypt. It is located 6 km (4 miles) east of the city. Many charter airlines use the airport, as it is a popular tourist destination for those visiting the River Nile and the Valley of the Kings.

Luxor International Airport
Flughafen Luxor 01.JPG
Summary
Airport typePublic, Military
OperatorEgyptian Airport Company
ServesLuxor, Egypt
Elevation AMSL294 ft / 90 m
Coordinates25°40′15″N 32°42′23″E / 25.67083°N 32.70639°E / 25.67083; 32.70639
Map
LXR is located in Egypt
LXR
LXR
Location of airport in Egypt
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
Sources: Airport web site[1] and DAFIF[2][3]

FacilitiesEdit

In 2005, the airport was upgraded[4] to accommodate up to 8 million passengers a year. Facilities for passengers include 48 check-in desks, 8 gates, 5 baggage claim belts, a post office,[5] a bank,[5] a Bureau de change, an auto exchange machine (CIB), restaurants, cafeterias, a VIP Lounge, a duty-free shop,[4] a newsagent/tobacconist, a chemist shop, a gift shop, a travel agency,[5] a tourist help desk, car rental, first aid, a baby/parent Room, disabled access/facilities and a business centre.[5]

Facilities for cargo include refrigerated storage, animal quarantine, livestock handling, health officials, X-Ray equipment, and fumigation equipment. The cargo terminal handling agent for the airport is EgyptAir Cargo.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

 
Apron view of Luxor International Airport
AirlinesDestinations
Air Arabia[6] Cairo,[7] Sharjah
AlMasria Universal Airlines Seasonal: Cairo
EgyptAir Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh (begins 27 October 2021)[8]
Seasonal: London–Heathrow, Paris–Charles de Gaulle[9]
Jazeera Airways Kuwait
Kuwait Airways Kuwait[10]
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa[11]
Nile Air Cairo, Kuwait[12]
Qatar Airways Doha (resumes 23 November 2021)[13]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi[14]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 21 September 1987, an EgyptAir Airbus A300 crashed on landing during a training flight, killing all five crew members on board.[15]
  • On 6 April 1994, a Sudan Airways Boeing 737-200 was hijacked and diverted to Luxor. Upon landing, the hijacker surrendered to the authorities. There were no fatalities or injuries and the aircraft was not damaged.[16]
  • On 20 February 2009, an Antonov An-12 crashed after an engine caught fire on take-off. All five crew were killed.[17]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Luxor Airport, official web site - no longer an official web site
  2. ^ "Airport information for HELX". World Aero Data. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link) Data current as of October 2006. Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for LXR at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  4. ^ a b "History of Luxor Airport (LXR): Airport History and Facts, Luxor Area, Egypt". www.luxor-lux.airports-guides.com. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Luxor Airport (LXR) Airlines and Terminals: Airlines at Airports in Luxor Area, Egypt". www.luxor-lux.airports-guides.com. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Flights to Luxor". airarabia.com.
  7. ^ https://www.airarabia.com/en
  8. ^ "EgyptAir to start weekly flight service from Sharm El-Sheikh to Luxor on 27 October". english.ahram.org.eg. 15 October 2021.
  9. ^ "EGYPTAIR resumes Paris – Luxor sector from Oct 2019". routesonline.com. 5 July 2019.
  10. ^ Liu, Jim. "Kuwait Airways S20 Network additions as of 10FEB20". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Flight Times". neosair.it/en.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim. "Nile Air expands Kuwait service from August 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Qatar Airways highlights Egypt: launches Sharm el-Sheikh, resumes Luxor and increases Cairo". aviation24.be. 30 September 2021.
  14. ^ https://gulfbusiness.com/wizz-air-abu-dhabi-initiates-flights-to-three-new-destinations/
  15. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A300B4-203 SU-BCA Luxor Airport (LXR)". aviation-safety.net. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  16. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-2J8C registration unknown Luxor Airport (LXR)". aviation-safety.net. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  17. ^ "Five dead in Ukrainian plane fire at Luxor airport – Summary". The Earth Times. Retrieved 20 February 2009.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Luxor International Airport at Wikimedia Commons