The Mobarak International Airport is a brand new public airport which was officially recently inaugurated in the month of May, 2010. Located on the Nile River western bank, it is 25 kilometers to the south of Sohag City within the North African Arab Republic of Egypt. Owned and operated by the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports & Air Navigation (EHCAAN), a subsidiary of the government of Egypt, this facility is having a single passenger terminal capable of handling 3.5 million passengers every year.
Situated at an elevation of 859 feet above mean sea level, this is the fifth international airport in the Upper Egypt region mainly comprising of fertile agricultural plains. With an existing apron designed to handle 6 aircrafts and keeping open plans for expansion, there is an asphalt surfaced runway serving this airport measuring 9,842 feet in length. The main passenger terminal building is having a unique ancient Egyptian façade design and consists of two international halls with one for arrivals and the other for departures.
Along with a total of 33 buildings which are generally allocated for various airport services, the other passenger facilities at this airport include a VIP lounge, duty free shops and supporting stalls together with modern security arrangements. The Mobarak International Airport is a sustainable facility which is having its own electricity, water, sewage and communication systems to take care of its requirements. There is a large parking area outside the main terminal building fit enough for 400 vehicles and 25 buses. However, at the moment this airport is mostly catering to domestic travel and travel between Sohag/Upper Egypt and the Gulf countries, while progressing with plans to grow into a full fledged international airport facility and destination in due time.