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Poss Routes From London To ME, Africa, CIS & E.Epe

Fri Jun 04, 2004 9:20 am

What potential routes are there from London to the Middle East, Africa and the CIS? I don't know how viable these would be, but here's a list of possibilities:

Baghdad
Basra
Kabul
Killimanjaro (hmm)
Kano
Sana'a
Dushanbe (used to be served four- or five-times weekly from LHR using Tristars, some of which routed via BHX. There must be people in the UK from Tajikistan. Perhaps BMed could route, say, Heathrow-Baku-Dushanbe?)
Dammam
Kishinev/Chisineu
Astana
Tirana
Sarajevo

I would have added Banghazi to the list, but LN now operates once-weekly from there to LHR.

I see that Samarkand is now being served once-weekly, non-stop by Uzbekistan, routing LHR-Samarkand-TAS, using the 763.

[Edited 2004-06-04 02:38:07]
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RE: Poss Routes From London To ME, Africa, CIS & E.Epe

Fri Jun 04, 2004 9:46 am

Nigeria Airways LOS-LHR-LOS flights used to make a stop in Kano twice a week. Virgin could do well adding a Kano stop on their LGW-PHC flights, possibly just once a week.
 
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RE: Poss Routes From London To ME, Africa, CIS & E.Epe

Fri Jun 04, 2004 9:50 am

I'm surprised there are no flights to Sarajevo! Not even from LGW/STN?
 
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RE: Poss Routes From London To ME, Africa, CIS & E.Epe

Fri Jun 04, 2004 6:44 pm

mmmmmm since Skopje lost its BA flight perhaps this is a possibility?
 
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RE: Poss Routes From London To ME, Africa, CIS & E.Epe

Fri Jun 04, 2004 9:25 pm

Kilimanjaro would probably do well with tourist traffic--it's the gateway to the northern Tanzania safari circuit (the Serengeti, etc.). As far as I know, KLM's AMS-JRO-DAR-AMS flight is currently the only flight there from Europe, and it seems profitable, given that they are expanding to daily. So it doesn't seem like it would be unreasonable for BA to add it onto their DAR flights a couple of times a week.
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RE: Poss Routes From London To ME, Africa, CIS & E.Epe

Sat Jun 05, 2004 12:54 am

According the travel press at uni, a new airline, Air Bosna or Fly Bosna, cant remember which, will start service from MAN to Sarajevo via LGW in the coming months, can anyone confirm this?
 
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RE: Poss Routes From London To ME, Africa, CIS & E.Epe

Sat Jun 05, 2004 1:36 am

Flybosnia will start flights to Sarajevo from both Manchester and Gatwick, prices from £199! Mostar could very well be added at asome stage, Travel Weekly and TTG both mentioned this.
 
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RE: Poss Routes From London To ME, Africa, CIS & E.Epe

Sat Jun 05, 2004 1:37 am

how about KUMASI in ghana.... it is now classed as an international airport lots of visitors for gold mines and wood
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RE: Poss Routes From London To ME, Africa, CIS & E.Epe

Sat Jun 05, 2004 1:38 am

maybe tripoli in north lebanon? sirport use to be in use but not anymore now
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OD720
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Sat Jun 05, 2004 2:35 am

Tripoli in Lebanon is only 50-60 miles north of Beirut and there's a great highway connecting to the capital.

The airport is not used at present but I will believe one day it will be good for LCCs in the region and maybe to Europe.

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soups
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Sat Jun 05, 2004 2:43 am

i remember in the mid 80s i use to fly on MEA from tripoli to beirut to connect on international flights.
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OD720
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RE: Poss Routes From London To ME, Africa, CIS & E.Epe

Sat Jun 05, 2004 3:39 am

You are so right Soups, the airport is now deserted.
 
soups
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Sat Jun 05, 2004 4:02 am

what part of tripoli is it located if u got any idea i heard its north of the city towards the border with syria
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OD720
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Sat Jun 05, 2004 4:19 am

It's north to the city as you say but can't give you the exact distance. You must know better though since you say you have used it. Were there any facilities?
 
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Sat Jun 05, 2004 4:50 am

i was about 7-8 at the time dont recall just saw an old ticket tripoli-beirut-accra in 1987 lol with the old logo on
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