British Mediterranean Airways, BA
's sole longhaul franchise carrier (Operating A320 and A321 aircraft) is to add two new destinations for Summer 2004.
From 9th April a three times weekly service to Khartoum (KRT) will operate with an A320 via Amman (AMM). Departures from LHR
will be on Mon, Thu and Sat, with return departures from KRT on Tue, Fri and Sun.
From 10th May the Russian city of Yekaterinburg (SS
), Russia">SVX) is added with a three times weekly A320 service departing LHR
on Mon, Wed and Sat. This service goes on to Almaty (ALY) replacing the previous routing via Baku (BAK
). Return service is on Tue, Thu and Sun.
Other timetable details are: -
AMM will see daily service (From five per week), with a three times weekly service via Beirut (BEY) on Tue, Fri and Sun from LHR
(The return will be on Mon, Wed and Sat). The three direct services going on to KRT make six per week, with the seventh service being a once weekly via Damascus (DAM) departing LHR
on Wed (Return departing AMM on Thu).
DAM also goes daily (From six per week). The Wed direct service (Going on to AMM) is one flight (Return on Thu). Three services per week operate via Aleppo (ALP) on Tue, Fri and Sun (Ex LHR
), with return on Mon, Wed and Sat. The final three flights operate via BEY on Mon, Thu and Sat ex LHR
(Returning on Tue, Fri and Sun).
BEY has a nine times weekly summer service, daily with additional flights on Fri and Sun.
Four times weekly to Bourg el Arab [Alexandria] (HBE) and on to Addis Ababa (ADD) on Tue, Thu, Fri and Sun is maintained (Return on Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat).
Baku maintains daily service (All A321), though four flights terminate there, going on to Bishkek (FRU) on Mon, Thu and Sat. Return from FRU is Tue, Fri and Sun, with daily from BAK
Three times weekly service to Yerevan (EVN) going on to Tashkent (TAS) is maintained. Departures from LHR
are on Wed, Fri and Sun, with return departures from TAS on Mon, Thu and Sat.
Finally, Tehran (THR) moves to a five times weekly service from four. Departures daily except Mon and Wed from LHR
, Tue and Thu from THR. One step closer to BMed's aim of a daily service.
No sign of a return to Tbilisi - might have to wait until the winter schedule for this to happen. My guess would be that it would combine with the EVN service, with TAS being served via BAK
(As four flights currently go no further this summer).
If you got this far, well done! All in all a fantastic flying programme for such a small airline. To schedule those A320s and A321s to manage all this is great and BMed has certainly carved itself a niche in serving markets BA
just couldn't itself.
[Edited 2004-02-03 03:52:23]