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"Air Taxis" Between Lebanon And Syria Launched

Wed Jul 21, 2004 4:47 am

Finally the Lebanese government and Syrian government have agreed to launch the Air Taxi project:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=3&article_id=6424

It will be based out of Beirut International Airport and Damascus International Airport for starters.

They will use 50-seat aircraft (type unmentioned) and provide both scheduled and charter flights between Lebanese and Syrian cities.

The national carrier of Lebanon, Middle East Airlines (MEA) and the national carrier of Syria, Syrian Air will be part of the project.

Anyone have more details on the project?

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RE: "Air Taxis" Between Lebanon And Syria Launched

Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:39 am

They will use 50-seat aircraft (type unmentioned) and provide both scheduled and charter flights between Lebanese and Syrian cities.

All what I can think about is Flying Carpet Airlines with their dash Q 200.

FCA are used to fly regularly to Baghdad, Athens, Larnaca, Sharm el Sheikh and Damascus.
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RE: "Air Taxis" Between Lebanon And Syria Launched

Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:56 am

CedarWings,

They will be acquiring new aircraft for the job.

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RE: "Air Taxis" Between Lebanon And Syria Launched

Wed Jul 21, 2004 8:25 am

Hi, does it mean, that these AIR TAXI FLIGHTS are operated by Flying Carpet? Does anyone have a web-page of these carrier?

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RE: "Air Taxis" Between Lebanon And Syria Launched

Wed Jul 21, 2004 4:29 pm

Slightly off topic.....

I was surprised to see that there is only 1 weekly flight between Beirut and Aleppo, apparently Syrians Brussels flight making a stop in both BEY and ALP on the way back to DAM, and no direct flights the other way, anyone know if there are other flights not uploaded to Amadeus?

Also BEY to DAM is only flown 3-5 times weekly, doesn't really give a lot of flexibility. Would be good with a regional carrier in that area I think.

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RE: "Air Taxis" Between Lebanon And Syria Launched

Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:15 pm

Hiya all

what I read in the local papers here is that, after the initial launch of flights between Syria and Lebanon, this this 'air taxi' link also plans to connect the two countries with cities in: Tukey, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.

The British consulting company also predicted that in the first year, the air taxi would carry 170,ooo pax, increasing to 500,000 pax by it's fifth year (part of their feasability study figures).

The newspaper then states that the purpose of the two companies for establishing this air taxi (with the participation of the private sector) is to utilize BEY's open sky policies to it's full potential (by using BEY's air connection with Europe) and to also help invigorate both pax and cargo movement between the two countries by establishing such a regular non-stop flights between the two countries. They also plan to use an airport called 'elMazzah' (??) which is close to the city of Damascus, which is planned to open in March 2005.

The report then states that the feasability study forecasts profit to be realized from its second year of opeartions - reaching a potential profit of between 4-6 million USD.

Says the it'll be 50/50 shares by the two countries (and each country can determine how much of their 50 percent share will be given over to the private sector to own). Subscriptions to the shares of this new airline will be announced shortly.

Just included the info from the article that wasn't included in the posts above. The rest of the article pretty much covered what BA already posted above.

Good luck to this new airline.

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RE: "Air Taxis" Between Lebanon And Syria Launched

Wed Jul 21, 2004 7:25 pm


This is a great news for the Arab airline scene. How long does the BEY-DAM flight last ? 45 minutes ? I wonder if a similar shuttle could be established between some North African airports...
 
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RE: "Air Taxis" Between Lebanon And Syria Launched

Wed Jul 21, 2004 8:12 pm

Thanks Sleak76 for the information.

Any idea what aircraft they are planning on buying or leasing and what will be the name of this airline?

Canberra,

Those flights to ALP and DAM are simply meant to pick up or drop off passengers in Beirut. As you stated, the Aleppo flight actually operates Damascus - Aleppo - Beirut - Brussels - Beirut - Aleppo - Damascus.

They have another flight that operates Damascus - Beirut - Tunis - Casablanca - Tunis - Beirut - Damascus.

It's just to pick up passengers.

Either way, Damascus - Beirut is only 105 kilometers if you draw a straight line!

They are unbelievably close.

Flying time straight across would be less than 15 minutes, but the actual time is probably 30-40 minutes because they have to take a northerly arched route over the Cedars of Lebanon to avoid getting close to Israel.

Most people travel between Damascus and Beirut by bus or taxi because the distance is close and the buses and taxis are cheap.

This air taxi service will have to offer competitive prices....

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RE: "Air Taxis" Between Lebanon And Syria Launched

Thu Jul 22, 2004 6:37 pm

Nope BA.

No info yet on exact fleet, A/L name or if their leasing vs. buying.

I guess that'll come once the airline is setup and Board members are nominated - who'll then start announcing specific info re the airline.

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RE: "Air Taxis" Between Lebanon And Syria Launched

Thu Jul 22, 2004 7:02 pm

Thanks BA, useful as ever...

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RE: "Air Taxis" Between Lebanon And Syria Launched

Thu Jul 22, 2004 11:07 pm

will they be using the airport north of trablos (tripoli) in lebanon?
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