QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1982 posts, RR: 6 Posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4750 times:
...due to high oil prices!
Quote: Emirates is cancelling its service to Alexandria, Egypt from 10th September 2008 due to high oil prices, according to a spokesperson. The airline will continue to serve Egypt with 10 flights a week to Cairo using its large capacity Boeing 777 aircraft.
That is the first route cut of EK in recent years!
Haan From South Africa, joined Aug 2004, 289 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4351 times:
Quoting OHLHD (Reply 2): Well maintaining an all widebody fleet costs a lot especially on empty short haul flights
Thats true and I agree, would make sense to acquire some smaller fleet for these sectors.
But Emirates are carrying about 10T and more of cargo on these sectors and u cant fit that into a A320 or B738.
Dunno about VIE and ADD, but, apart from May, the loads on the NCL flights have been steadily increasing. I think it's averaging around 220 pax or so per flight now (correct me if wrong). So whilst the oil price could contribute some way, I don't think it will be dropped.
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CupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 854 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3155 times:
I wanted to go from Dubai to Cairo last year. My idiot travel agent told me of a "cheaper option" Where I would fly into Cairo via Alexandria. Sounded good to me. Then she told me "Oh its actually a bus that goes from Alexandria Airport to Cairo Airport"
the flight from Dubai to Alexandria was sensational. Got to fly the old A310 just before it was retired. I can see why the flight has been pulled. there was maybe 25-40 people on board at a guess.
Landing at Alexandria was like quite surreal. no other planes. No airport equipment. nothing just one building. As I landed I realised my phone was flat too.
Anyway jumped on board the bus and asked after 30 minutes "How long before we arrive at Cairo Airport" The bus driver looked at me very puzzled and retorted. "This bus dont go to airport" Another passenger overhead and chimed in "this bus goes to downtown Cairo"
I was meeting my wife at Cairo Airport as she was coming in on another flight. I had such an amazing adventure getting from downtown Cairo to the airport. I had no phone, no idea where anything was, and had to rely on those brilliant black and white Fiat taxis to get me back to the airport.
it was harrowing at the time but now looking back I thank Emirates for flying me via Alexandria and I thank the silly travel agent who told me and gave me an intinery that stated:
Alexandria Airport - Cairo International Airport.
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Pa747sp From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 276 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2314 times:
Alexandria was introduced because the Egyptian government would only allow increased frequencies into Cairo if EK also served Alexandria. The service has always been unprofitable for them, and it is no surprise that it has been cut.
Cairo however is very profitable, with one of the highest margins in the EK network.
High load factors, lots of cross-border business with Egypt (Cairo is a large business center for the Western Middle East, while Dubai is the hub for the Eastern Middle East), and really not all that many available seats between the two markets (the only other nonstop carrier is Egyptair, IIRC).