Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59 Posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5434 times:
After almost 7 years of trying, Aegean Airlines (the largest private Greek airline), have finally been granted permission to serve the Athens (ATH) - Cairo (CAI) route from this December.
Since its launch in May 1999 the airline has been unsuccessful in its pursuit to serve the Egyptian capital. I have an interview transcript that dates back to late 1999 where Antonis Simigdalas, Aegean Airlines General Manager, states CAI is a destination where they envisage high profitability once given the authority to serve. It's believed that initially both the Egyptian and Greek authorities were against this move however in recent years the Egyptian authorities granted permission whilst their Greek counterparts continued to block the move to protect ailing state carrier, Olympic Airlines.
The airline will launch the daily B733* service from 01Dec06, with the following schedule:
ATH CAI A3930 1234567 09:25/11:25 2hr00min 0 B733
CAI ATH A3931 1234567 12:15/14:20 1hr05min 0 B733
* one of the recently ordered A320s has already been earmarked for the route.
The airline will compete against EgyptAir's daily A320 service (MS747/748) and Olympic Airlines's daily B734 service (OA325/326).
CaptinTuT From United States of America, joined May 2005, 346 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5395 times:
wow Finally they got the permission.
that's good news as long as we see more airlines in CAI
but just out of curiosity, don't you think 3 daily flights to Athens is too much?
does any one know the loads on Egyptair and Olympics?
CY319 From Cyprus, joined Apr 2006, 396 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5240 times:
Quoting CaptinTuT (Reply 1): does any one know the loads on Egyptair and Olympics?
usually packed in summer peak. lots of Greek tourists and Egyptian VFR traffic.
i think A3 made a bad scheduling.
in terms of domestic connections Via ATH, it works fine.
in terms of int/nal connections (mainly Germany), it s so bad.
it s a pity bc A3 could get connecting traffic through ATH.