Almaza Airport is one of Cairo’s two major airports. “Heliopolis Aerodrome” is mentioned in previous Biggles books. This usually refers to a separate R.A.F. station from Almaza that is no longer operational.
Although the actual location of the first aircraft landing ground is unknown, it was created in the Cairo district of Heliopolis in 1910 for an air race. During World War I, the RFC established barracks and an airstrip south of Cairo’s Heliopolis district. This became the R.A.F. Heliopolis station after the war. When Imperial Airways began flying the Cairo-Baghdad-Basra route in 1927, this aerodrome also served as Cairo’s airport.
Almaza Airport History and Construction
In the late 1920s, the Egyptian government suggested the construction of two public airports, one in Alexandria and the other in Cairo, anticipating an increase in civil aviation. Almaza, a short distance east of Heliopolis, was the site of Cairo’s first civil airport, which opened in 1932.  Because of its location, several histories of air travel in the 1930s and 1940s refer to Almaza as Heliopolis Airport or Aerodrome, though Heliopolis refers to the R.A.F. aerodrome a few kilometres to the south and west. Almaza was also the site of the Egyptian Air Force’s first air base, which was established in the 1930s.
Almaza Airport was used as a military airbase by the Royal Air Force during World war ii .
The R.A.F. departed the airport in 1947 and it was transferred to civil administration. 
Payne Airfield, a second airport for the US Army Air Force, was created during the war. In 1945, the facility was turned over to Egyptian authorities, who decided to use it for international civil aviation, dubbing it King Farouk I Airport and then just Cairo International Airport. Almaza was preserved for domestic and general aviation, but new international services were diverted to the new airport. When Ginger and Bertie arrived to Almaza, this would have been the situation. The airport remained operational until the 1950s, when it was converted to a solely military airstrip for the Egyptian Air Force.
Hotels near to Almaza Airport
1- Tolip Golden Plaza Hotel
The Tolip Golden Plaza Hotel is in the centre of Heliopolis, a renowned exquisite residential and commercial district. The hotel is located 8 kilometres from Cairo International Airport, 12 kilometres from downtown Cairo, and only minutes from the Cairo International Convention Centre. The hotel is also close to some of Egypt’s biggest shopping malls; City Stars Mall is a 2-minute walk away, while Cairo Festival City Mall is a 10-minute drive away.
2- Hilton Cairo Heliopolis
It is not difficult to find a suitable family-friendly hotel in Cairo. Welcome to Hilton Cairo Heliopolis, a great choice for business and leisure tourists alike. Visitors staying at Hilton Cairo Heliopolis may explore Cairo’s finest sites, including Baron Palace (2.1 mi) and St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church (2.3 mi). You’ll like the peaceful rooms, which include a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and a minibar, and you’ll be able to stay connected during your stay thanks to the free Wi-Fi provided by Hilton Cairo Heliopolis. Room service and a concierge are available at the hotel. In addition, the Hilton Cairo Heliopolis has a pool, which will provide a welcome break from your busy day.
During your visit, dine at Raj Indian Restaurant, Leonardo Italian Restaurant, Lan-Tania Thai Restaurant, Nobel House Asian Restaurant, and Al-Dabke Lebanese Restaurant, which serve a range of international cuisines. While in Cairo, make sure to visit the Egyptian Air Force Museum (0.9 km) and the Obelisk of Ramses II (1.2 mi), both of which are within walking distance of the hotel. On your visit to Cairo, the Hilton Cairo Heliopolis looks forward to greeting you. NOTE: Some of the following services and amenities with a good rate: On-site restaurant, business centre, and fitness centre (s).
3- Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis
The hotel is conveniently placed in Heliopolis. The new Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis is the preferred hotel for both business and leisure travellers. Guest rooms are spacious and well-appointed. The hotel is the ideal retreat for visitors to the city. The hotel is one of the area’s best convention locations, with flexible meeting rooms and a daylit ballroom. Guests can rest and unwind in the Egyptian heat in the hotel’s rooftop pool and beautiful spa area after a hard day’s work or a visit to Cairo’s sites.
4- InterContinental Cairo City stars
InterContinental Cairo Citystars, voted Cairo’s Best Business Hotel; offers elegance amid lush gardens in the pulsating hub of Citystars Heliopolis, near to Stars Centre Mall. The hotel puts everything at your fingertips, from steak to sushi, spa treatments to squash, and complimentary Wi-Fi to cocktails on the air-conditioned poolside terrace, whether you’re in Cairo for business or pleasure. Shogun Japanese restaurant, Al Khal Egyptian restaurant, Maestro Italian restaurant, and Fayruz Lebanese restaurant are among the hotel’s eleven restaurants and bars. Our Concierge would gladly assist you with a tour of the neighbouring Cairo Citadel and Giza Pyramids.