As of now there’s very little information out there, but media reports suggest that there was just a big explosion and fire near Cairo Airport. One Twitter user shares a picture of the explosion.
Ok so the word now is that something big exploded near the airport @Gamroor sent me this which was sent to him. No one knows anything more but it was heard from madinty to heliopolis that's over 40 km in diameter pic.twitter.com/UlIl14XFn5
— Marwan Imam (@TheOnlyWarman) July 12, 2018
Some reports suggest that the explosion was near the fuel depot, though that hasn’t officially been confirmed. State media has also reported that the airport is closed to air traffic at the moment, through Flightradar24 doesn’t support that, and shows planes still taking off from and landing at the airport.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) July 12, 2018
I’ll update this post as we get more info, as this is very much still developing. If you’re scheduled to fly in or out of Cairo anytime soon, you’ll want to keep a close eye on any updates. It could be that the airport remains open for now, but if there was an explosion at the fuel depot, this could have big impacts over the coming days.
My thoughts are with everyone at/near the airport, since we still don’t really know what happened here. Hopefully there were no casualties, and this has a minimal impact on passengers traveling to and from the airport.