Taimodels Releases Cairo International Airport for MSFS

Taimodels recently released their rendition of Cairo International Airport (HECA) for Microsoft Flight Simulator. It's the largest and busiest airport in Egypt, with a yearly average of 14 million passengers. 

It was built as John Payne Field Air Force Base during World War 2, a major Air Transport Command air cargo and passenger hub for the allied forces. 

After the end of the war, the Civil Aviation Authority took over, using it for international civil aviation and ultimately replacing the old Heliopolis Airport in 1963.

The first passenger terminal was inaugurated in 1963 by President Gamal Abdel Nasser. It was expanded over the following decades, with the construction of a second hall in the late 1970s and a third one in 1980. 

Renovation work was carried out in the early 2000s to bring the airport up to modern standards and expand the departure hall.

Terminal 2 was inaugurated in 1986, with seven boarding gates serving european, gulf, and east asian airlines. It closed in 2010 for renovation work, which took two years to complete.

The newest terminal, Terminal 3, opened in 2004 after the administration realized the current structure wouldn't match the projected growth and neither of the terminals could be expanded any further. Twice as large as both terminals combined, it can handle 11 million passengers a year.

It's a hub for EgyptAir, Nile Air, Air Cairo, and Air Arabia Egypt. Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Arabia, Air France, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, ITA Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Transavia, Turkish Airlines, and Vueling also serve it.

The scenery features an accurate rendition of the airport, with hand-made PBR texturing, realistic lighting, custom ground textures, an up-to-date ground layout, performance-friendly optimization, and custom jetways.

It's available on SimMarket for roughly $23.24, requiring at least 1.60 GB of free hard disk space to install.

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