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Cyprus Charters For Evacuation  
User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4776 times:

Any one any ideas what airlines are providing what aircraft for these flights ?

Are MEA providing their evacuated aircraft ?

Maybe the RAF Tristars or the VC10s ?
How about passengers to the US ? Is this a UA 747 ?


So far in 2008 45 flights and Gold already. JFK, IAD, LGA, SIN, HKG, NRT, AKL, PPT, LAX still to book ! Home Airport LCY
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User currently offlineCYatUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 810 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4735 times:

Nothing has been announced to the local press. The only report is about Cyprus Airways flights from Damascus which are fully booked.


CY@Uk
User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3005 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4728 times:

On BBC News 24 it stated the UK government has chartered a flight bound for Stansted, which is due to leave about 4pm (not sure if that is UKor Cyprus time).

I assume the flight will leave from the UK base on the island - Alkatiri, as this is where the evacuees from Beirut are being kept once arriving in Cyprus.

It also went on to state how the UK Embassy in Cyprus were asking people to pay £290 GBP in order to be flown back to the UK, which caused a lot of tension with these people. They have decided to drop charging people now.

Im pleased to see they have done this, as many people have left in hurry with only the clothes on their back.

The reporter at the port of Limassol, Cyprus, meeting the UK warship bringing the evacuees to Cyprus, stated how the island is struggling, with all these people coming to the island. As it is peak holiday season, all hotels are booked up and flights to/from Cyprus are full with little capacity.

Greece, USA, Italy, France and Scandanavian countries are also using Cyprus as a base to bring people out of the Lebanon, so the islands infastructure is really being put to the test.


User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4720 times:

I did notice how a lot of air fare availabilty from various european airports to the US with US based airlines is non-existant this weekend !!

So i'm assuming a combination of Peak Season and evacuees filtering into the system is filling the few seats remaining.



So far in 2008 45 flights and Gold already. JFK, IAD, LGA, SIN, HKG, NRT, AKL, PPT, LAX still to book ! Home Airport LCY
User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2167 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4603 times:

Press interviews in the US media with the State Department are implying there will be several charters on behalf of the US a short time after the ship docks...it is leaving Beruit now (13z) so should be something near 22z or just after from Cyprus.

User currently offlinePieinthesky From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 392 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4555 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 2):
It also went on to state how the UK Embassy in Cyprus were asking people to pay £290 GBP in order to be flown back to the UK, which caused a lot of tension with these people. They have decided to drop charging people now

This country gets more ridiculous by the day...


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4464 times:

290 pounds one way is the business class fare.

User currently offlineJetBluefan1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2972 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4455 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 2):
The reporter at the port of Limassol, Cyprus, meeting the UK warship bringing the evacuees to Cyprus, stated how the island is struggling, with all these people coming to the island. As it is peak holiday season, all hotels are booked up and flights to/from Cyprus are full with little capacity.

Amen to that! I was there the last 2 summers and it was packed. Good thing I stay with family though.

In any case, the British army has some large stations there, so hopefully the evacuees can be accommodated either there or somewhere in the Greek parts of Cyprus.

My cousin works for Louis Cruise Lines at the Port of Limassol. I'll try to get in touch with her and see if they are doing anything special or if she knows what's going on with the airlines.

JetBluefan1



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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4440 times:

EK added 4 extra flights between DAM and dxb


Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4340 times:

a friend just landed in MAN (on his way to LHR) on RB, he said the at least 50% of passengers on the plane have lebanese passports


Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineBwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4250 times:

Astraeus are operating Akrotiri - Gatwick tomorrow

User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4190 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 2):
as many people have left in hurry with only the clothes on their back

True, I just got back from MAN-LCA-MAN (regular holiday charter) and we were watching the helicopters coming in and bringing these folks back under protection of the Marines. Literally it was about 8 people to a helo and 1 suitcase each it was really sad.

I've already tried to volunteer to go out and bring them home but I doub't they will use us as our rosters are so tightly packed.

Phil
FlyingColours



Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil
User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3005 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4160 times:

There is a hell of a lot of flights arriving into Gatwick in the early hours of Thursday morning.

I know Cyprus is a popular holiday destination, so it is difficult to tell which may be package charters and what are "evacuee" flights. I wouldn't have thought they are all package holiday charters. One is from Akrotiri.

22:05 XLA5147 LARNACA LANDED 2147 South Terminal
22:40 XLA5141 PAPHOS LANDED 2219 South Terminal
23:15 FCA4319 PAPHOS EXPECTED 2320 North Terminal
00:15 BA6843 PAPHOS EXPECTED 0022 North Terminal
00:25 FJE425 PAPHOS EXPECTED 0140 North Terminal
01:05 AMT6205 AKROTIRI EXPECTED 0030 South Terminal
01:30 MYT418 PAPHOS DUE FRI 0055 South Terminal
01:55 XLA563V PAPHOS EXPECTED 0106 South Terminal
02:40 MYT438 LARNACA EXPECTED 0240 South Terminal
03:15 TCX197L LARNACA EXPECTED 0330 South Terminal
03:35 FCA4351 LARNACA EXPECTED 0500 North Terminal
04:55 DP029 PAPHOS EXPECTED 0540 North Terminal
05:30 BA6845 PAPHOS North Terminal
06:10 MON5949 LARNACA South Terminal

What carrier is AMT?


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4145 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 12):
What carrier is AMT?

That's the ICAO for American Trans Air. ATA does a lot of military charters.



International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2167 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4116 times:

Ships are docking at Larnaca...Paphos is the far west (opposite) end of the island. AMT should mean America Trans Air...ATA....and AKROTIRI is the name of the UK air base on the south coast near the town of Limassol....maybe 50 or so miles west of Larnaca.
https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/cy.html


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3860 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4094 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 13):
That's the ICAO for American Trans Air. ATA does a lot of military charters.

Only I guess, but I'd reckon they're using L1011 capacity to airlift as many people as possible per flight?


User currently offlineGoldcrest From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4079 times:

Air Atlanta Icelandic ( and Excel Airways) have sent TF-AMK, or AMJ to Damascus, and then to Copenhagen !

User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3005 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4066 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 12):
01:05 AMT6205 AKROTIRI EXPECTED 0030 South Terminal

Just seen on the news, Britsh passengers boarding a 753 ATA at Akrotiri.

This must be the flight bound for Gatwick.

That 757-300 is a long way from home!


User currently offlineLymanm From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4043 times:

AC and TS are also going to Cyprus to evactuate 1000 of the 50,000 or so Canucks in Lebannon. TS is sending a few A310s, while it's uknown what planes AC is sending. 762s, perhaps?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...0060719.wFlights0719/BNStory/Front



buhh bye
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3969 times:

It was just on CNN that one of the charters to BWI will be leaving Cyprus at 2PM local time there.


International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3005 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3849 times:

HMS Bulwark is currently in port at Beirut and expecting to take 3-4000 British Citizen all in ONE go and another 1000 on to the air carrier HMS Illustrious - which are being flown to the ship by Chinooks.

This is really going to put the pressure on to Cyprus, when they all land in Limassol, and bear in mind there is already over 1000 evacuees on the island waiting to be flown home. Only one ATA 757-300 has flown these people back home so far.

So far the Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office have 5 charters all scheduled to leave Cyprus today, so I expect there will be a huge amount of activity in the next few days.


User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4917 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3824 times:

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 20):
So far the Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office have 5 charters all scheduled to leave Cyprus today,

Do we know who is operating these and what airport they will use in the UK

It;s a good thing though there is the RAF base on Cyprus. At least it will reduce the pressure on LCA and PFO



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3809 times:

MSNBC is carrying live the first planeload of American evacuees to touchdown at BWI at 6:30am Eastern time. It's an Omni Air International DC-10.

They're reporting one on Thursday (today), three on Friday, and one more charter scheduled for Saturday, so far.



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User currently offlineBwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3721 times:

Just to say Astraeus are now operating two flights out of Akrotiti today, both to Gatwick

User currently offlineCYatUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 810 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3706 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 21):
It;s a good thing though there is the RAF base on Cyprus. At least it will reduce the pressure on LCA and PFO

Brand new terminals are under construction at both LCA and PFO but will not open until early 2009. At the moment the existing airports (especially LCA) are struggling to handle the extra passengers (on top of the usual July - August peak).

New LCA terminal will be able to handle 9m passengers (Phase 1) and 12m passengers (Phase 2) as opposed to 3m that existing facilities can handle.

New PFO terminal will be able to handle 3.1m.



CY@Uk
25 Spottingpete93 : HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!! Omni (OAE) 752 N459AX has just arrived at LGW from AKT (Akrotiri) and is due to depart tomorrow sometime.... But undoubtedly the
26 Mdaigle : Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is bringing "Canforce 1" (CC150 Polaris) to Cyprus to help in the evacuation. Michel
27 FLYACYYZ : AC ferry flights are leaving Toronto today to pick up evacuees departing from Adana, Turkey. A340-300(fin 903) will be shuttling for the next few day
28 Bennett123 : Central News last night showed C17A ZZ173 flying from Brize to Akrotiri. Apparently they are flying in people to help.
29 BEYauty : Don't know why idle MEA A320's and A332's are not called upon to ferry evacuees from LCA to European hubs. Does it have to do with landing rights? I u
30 SK601 : KLM is sending a B747-400 to LCA right now on behalf/request of the Dutch government.
31 BBADXB : What airline is LAJ? Thanks.
32 Afay1 : How do "they" decide who gets to sit in what is normally first or business class?
33 Humberside : BMed/British Mediterranean
34 Piercey : Are any of the legacies providing charters or no?
35 Andaman : Last night 01.20 AM a group of evacuated Finns arrived on AY (B752, a 4h fligh) from Paphos. The Finnish government hasn't organized the flights, onl
36 INTENSS : Don't know about the legacies, but a few U.S. charter carriers are providing lift. -Rich
37 BBADXB : I can't believe I was on Cyprus exactly a month ago... and now this, well... mess. Anyone knows about how the conflict is affecting bookings ex Cyprus
38 DFORCE1 : I wonder if Cyprus ever usually sees this type of traffic typically at their airport. Are there many international long hauls into Cyprus? Or are all
39 Post contains links Andaman : Quoting DFORCE1 (Reply 38): I wonder if Cyprus ever usually sees this type of traffic typically at their airport. Are there many international long ha
40 SA006 : I'll be in Cyrpus 16th Aug (Flying ATH-LCA). Hope this is all over once I'm there. I'm guessing the MEA aircraft will still be there? -SA006
41 CYatUK : Correct Andaman. Tourists in Cyprus come mostly from the UK and Germany but also from many other European countries like Finland, Sweden, Netherlands
42 ThomasCook : Hi, MyTravel Airways have a flight - MYT6092 from Akrotiri to Manchester tonight arriving 01:50. There are also two arrivals at Manchester under fligh
43 Andaman : Today the news told that Finland is ready to send a (retired) Finnair MD-80 with a crew to Cyprus as a humanitarian aid, for the European evacuation f
44 Post contains links and images FlySSC : Air France is operating this week 4 flights LCA-CDG with a B747-300 (507 seats) to bring back the French tourists and Residents in Lebanon who want to
45 BEYauty : MEA is in talks with the Cypriots about starting operations out of LCA. They have already started regular flights out of DAM to Europe and Middle East
46 Airmaxfra : Interesting that Qantas (QF) today uses their usually daystopped 744 out of FRA for an evacuation flight (FRA-LCA ferry and full back) and will do the
47 LJ : Surinam Airways is expected to do a flight today. However the aircraft should have left AMS at 12:00 but hasn't left yet.
48 Aviasian : Two MEA flights - ME1003 and ME1005 are shortly passing through Singapore enroute to Sydney. Although the port of origin is not shown on the arrival f
49 Soups : Algerians and indians where evacuated via military a/c a flight from Cuprus landed last night at EMA
50 TheBigZ : Swedens Foreign Ministry chartered an Air Pullmantur B742 Friday night to take 500+ Swedish evacuees from Larnaca to Stockholm. Other airliners now op
51 Notdownnlocked : Delta sent a plane yesterday ATL-MAN-LCA.
52 LJ : The Surinam 747 should be at LCA by now. The flight will go from LCA to CDG
53 Post contains images AirEMS : This is quite the response from the world... To bad it has to happen for this reason Fly & Work Safe -Carl
54 Positiverate : I believe it was a 764...
55 Notdownnlocked : Not a 764. A/C 174.
56 Post contains links Expatmatt : Looks like there are flights on LUZAIR and GLOBEJET to Montreal YUL from Larnaca.... I believe this would mean L-1011s! Luzair 702 - scheduled arrival
57 Jetset7E7 : Cyprus-MAN charters Corsairfly Boeing 747-400 F-HSUN arrived from Akrotiri, Cyprus, Sunday morning as CRL814. Then positioned back out as CRL015. On
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