Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2964 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4496 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.
Hiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2132 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4371 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.
Pieinthesky From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 392 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4323 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
JetBluefan1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2848 posts, RR: 14 Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 4223 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.
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FlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 11 Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3958 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.
Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2964 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3928 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
Hiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2132 posts, RR: 4 Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3884 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.
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2964 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3617 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.
CYatUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 810 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3474 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.
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.