Borg El Arab International Airport (مطار برج العرب الدولي) (IATA: HBE, ICAO: HEBA) is an airport serving Alexandria, Egypt. It is located about 40 km (25 mi) southwest of Alexandria, in Borg El Arab (alternate spellings: Borg Al Arab, Burg El Arab). The airport also serves the nearby areas of the Nile Delta.
In 2009, the airport served 371,605 passengers (+96.5% vs. 2008). Borg El Arab is the principal airport of Alexandria starting December 2011 after the closure of Alexandria International Airport due to a major re-development program that will take two years in development. Borg El Arab Airport had a major expansion in terms of the airport's passenger and cargo handling capacity in response to growing demand and the new facilities were inaugurated in 2010. The airport consists of a new passenger building and an administration building.
The passenger terminal is designed in the shape of a boat and consists of three floors. The terminal contains a duty free shop, a franchise food court, an area dedicated for travel offices and other travel-related services, a fuel supply unit, a control tower, and a fire station available to cover emergencies on site. Also a parking area on the building's front provides space for 350 vehicles. The airport has the capacity to handle 1.2 million passengers per year becoming an adequate replacement to Alexandria International Airport, which will shut down in summer 2010 for a two year period while the airport's facilities are overhauled. During this time all airlines operating to Alexandria will transfer to Borg El Arab Airport.
In June 2009, governmental plans to develop an extension of Alexandria with an area of 390 acres (1.6 km ) located to the west of the old city were revealed. It would be later known as "New Alexandria". The new city is planned to be linked to Borg Al-Arab airport via the ring road with an estimated travel time of 25 minutes. The President also inaugurated Borg Al-Arab International Airport, the recent in a series of new airports and development of old ones with the purpose of serving development.