- Complimentary snacks
- Complimentary hot buffet
- Complimentary finger food
- Complimentary soft drinks
- Air conditioning
- Flight information monitors
- Newspapers and magazines
To reach the First Class Lounge, make a sharp left immediately after immigration, then follow the signs to Terminal 2 or Zone E. Large signs mark the entrance.
Note that the location of the First Class Lounge in Zone E is relatively inconvenient for most Egyptair passengers departing from zones F and G.
First Class Lounge CAI design
A far cry from the elegance and serenity of First Class, the First Class Lounge at Cairo Airport Terminal 3 has the dubious charm of an employee break room, complete with bland white walls, horrid neon lighting, and a cold and noisy marble floor. The only notable feature is the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, which lets plenty of natural light in and offers views on the airport grounds.
The space is roughly divided into a seating and a dining area. Along the periphery of the club, near the windows, are bright orange couches and armchairs around coffee tables, while closer to the reception desk and the buffet, are large round dining tables seating four guests.
At peak times, the First Class Lounge is routinely noisy and crowded, and finding a place to sit might be a challenge. The large dining tables are ill-fitted for solo travelers, or anyone in search of privacy. Outside main departure times, the club is typically quieter, though it still lacks comfort and privacy.
First Class Lounge CAI amenities
The First Class Lounge at Cairo Airport International Terminal 3 offers few amenities, and is poorly equipped for longer stays or business travelers.
Guests will find a modest hot and cold buffet with a couple hot dishes, a broad selection of breads and pastries, a small assortment of salads, and fresh fruit. The items, all dubiously presented under cellophane wrap, vary in quality, appeal, and freshness: the food is often stale outside peak times.
The drink selection is limited to bottled water, soda, and espresso. Due to local customs, Cairo Airport does not serve alcohol.
Secure Wi-Fi is available, though there are no busines amenities such as copiers, printers, or workstations otherwise. Entertainment options consist of Arabic newspapers and a TV tuned to a local channel.
The First Class Lounge lacks a bathroom (and thus showers.) Public facilities are located in the public concourse, in the vicinity of the club. An adjacent smoking area is also available.
First Class Lounge CAI bottom line
Cairo Airport International Terminal 3 sets a low bar for airline lounges—the three Egyptair Lounges are nowhere near luxurious—but the airport-operated First Class Lounge scrapes the bottom. Save for the “free” food, it’s difficult to think of a single reason to visit. In fact, there’s a much nicer and quieter seating area with comfortable chairs and couches, just minutes away in the public concourse above gates F1-F10.
It’s fair to say that Cairo airport sees relatively limited connecting traffic, so most guests will only spend a couple hours at most in the lounge. That being said, it’s clear that the airport authority hasn’t put any effort into the design or operation of their premium facilities,
Also note that all lounges at International Terminal 3 are located outside security, so be sure to allocate ample time to reach your gate.
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