The new civil aviation minister is General Ahmed Shafiq Zaki, who previously held the post of commander of the Egyptian air force. Over the past 30 years, civil aviation has come under the authority of other ministries. The need for a separate minister in charge of the sector has become apparent in recent years, as efforts to modernise Cairo airport have become bogged down, analysts say.

The new transport minister is Hamdy el-Shayeb, who was previously head of oil and gas construction company Petrojet.