I am dissappointed with the announcement to Cotonou and Conakry as I don't believe there is sufficient demand for these routes. They would definately have to be very highly subsidized by the government. Where is this money coming from? The country is in debt.
Why do the Lebanese people demand that their be direct flights to these routes? Let them connect via CDG
on Air France. What's the big deal? I'm really disappointed. These routes are at most only seasonal.
Abidjan, Kano, Accra, and Lagos make sense. Cotonou and Conakry do not...
The Lebanese govt. shouldn't have allowed the UTA flights in the first place and made Lebanese connect in CDG
. It's really that simple.
I live in DEN
. Should I go ask MEA
to start a non-stop BEY-DEN
flight for me because I fly between the two regularly? No, I connect through LHR
and I have no problem doing so.
Good to hear about Khartoum. This route is needed. Not really sure about Libreville though.....
Interesting about GRU
, we'll have to hear more.
was thinking about extending BEY-YUL
to year-round because their was demand well after. Also yields on the route were higher than expected so they upgraded the flight to an international configured 767 rather than a domestic configured one.
Also keep in mind that GRU
failed in the 90's. The current MEA
is not the same as the MEA
of the 90's......
in the 90's was an extremely inefficient, poorly run airline with an aging fleet losing millions each year. MEA
is now an extremely efficient airline, with a very low cost structure, with an efficient modern new fleet turning a profit.
has a much much much much better chance at succeeding in such routes. Not to mention that the market to Lebanon has grown greatly since the 90's....
is launching all 3 of these routes, there is no question about it. They are getting more planes.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran