For a long time, most of the airlines serving the region operated wide body aircrafts, they had the range but were too large.
For example, SYRIANAIR use to operate its 747SP on such routes as DAM-MUC
ALIA used to operate its L1011 on AMM-ATH
-CMN , and too various destinations such as ORY
As for TLV
most of European Airlines use to operate their A300 (AF, AZ
), A310 (LH) on these routes.
However, in the last decade the commercial aviation scenery changed drastically. Most European airlines became hub operators ,and therefore, early morning and late evening waves were sent to these countries and on the other hand ,technologically, narrow body aircraft had the range necessary to operate these sectors (mainly A320 and 737NGs). Shall I remind you that BA
with an A320 , LH
(with A320/321) etc.. and consequently large aircrafts were not needed any more only to places where widebodies could sustain the route for ex : BEY
due to the large number of exaptriates living there, the alliance between Af and ME . Do not forget that none of the regions' airlines are a member of an alliance or have narrow relations with an alliance except for ME and RJ
Another point also to consider is the economies and the political situation of these countries :
Israel , the continuing political upheaval does not serve the economic interests of the country.
Syria : one of the poorest countries in the region
Lebanon : trying to overcome 15+ years of civil war and Jordan suffering from both the Palestine-Isreali and Iraqi conflicts .
The only exception is CAI which is well served by widebody aircrafts (due to the history- geographic location of the city, and the main point of entry for tourists).
Red eyed flight are only there to offer convenient correspondance to feed their North /South America routes (mainly) where a huge diaspora of arab people live .
Extremely high prices, you bet, it cost me more to fly to BEY
(on either ME or OA
) rather to LHR
), because of lack of competition (only ME and OA
on that route), extremely thin route for O & D passengers.
True most flights from ATH
either by ME or OA
are full mostly with expatriates connecting to BEY
(DL flights feeds ME) whereas 0 & D does not exceed 10-15 passengers per flight (except for the busy summer months).
Hope I have answered some queries you had