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Aegean Airlines To Start Cairo Flights...Finally

Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:03 am

After almost 7 years of trying, Aegean Airlines (the largest private Greek airline), have finally been granted permission to serve the Athens (ATH) - Cairo (CAI) route from this December.

Since its launch in May 1999 the airline has been unsuccessful in its pursuit to serve the Egyptian capital. I have an interview transcript that dates back to late 1999 where Antonis Simigdalas, Aegean Airlines General Manager, states CAI is a destination where they envisage high profitability once given the authority to serve. It's believed that initially both the Egyptian and Greek authorities were against this move however in recent years the Egyptian authorities granted permission whilst their Greek counterparts continued to block the move to protect ailing state carrier, Olympic Airlines.



The airline will launch the daily B733* service from 01Dec06, with the following schedule:

ATH CAI A3930 1234567 09:25/11:25 2hr00min 0 B733
CAI ATH A3931 1234567 12:15/14:20 1hr05min 0 B733


* one of the recently ordered A320s has already been earmarked for the route.



The airline will compete against EgyptAir's daily A320 service (MS747/748) and Olympic Airlines's daily B734 service (OA325/326).





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RE: Aegean Airlines To Start Cairo Flights...Finally

Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:26 pm

wow Finally they got the permission.
that's good news as long as we see more airlines in CAI
but just out of curiosity, don't you think 3 daily flights to Athens is too much?
does any one know the loads on Egyptair and Olympics?
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RE: Aegean Airlines To Start Cairo Flights...Finally

Fri Sep 08, 2006 5:20 pm

Does Olympic fly to Alexandria too?
 
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RE: Aegean Airlines To Start Cairo Flights...Finally

Fri Sep 08, 2006 5:56 pm

good news Aegean still havent got any flights to the uk yet !!
 
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RE: Aegean Airlines To Start Cairo Flights...Finally

Sat Sep 09, 2006 4:17 am

Quoting CaptinTuT (Reply 1):
does any one know the loads on Egyptair and Olympics?

usually packed in summer peak. lots of Greek tourists and Egyptian VFR traffic.

i think A3 made a bad scheduling.
in terms of domestic connections Via ATH, it works fine.
in terms of int/nal connections (mainly Germany), it s so bad.
it s a pity bc A3 could get connecting traffic through ATH.
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RE: Aegean Airlines To Start Cairo Flights...Finally

Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:00 am

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 3):
good news Aegean still havent got any flights to the uk yet !!

Do they have any charters?
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RE: Aegean Airlines To Start Cairo Flights...Finally

Sat Sep 09, 2006 6:27 am

Quoting Humberside (Reply 5):
Do they have any charters?

yes they operate charters ex ATH and the islands.
mostly to Italy and France.
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RE: Aegean Airlines To Start Cairo Flights...Finally

Sat Sep 09, 2006 6:02 pm

It would be really nice if they started services to the UK. Especially to non-London airports such as BHX, MAN, EMA etc
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RE: Aegean Airlines To Start Cairo Flights...Finally

Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:37 am

Quoting LIPZ (Reply 2):
Does Olympic fly to Alexandria too?

Olympic certainly does as a codeshare with Egyptair.

4 times per week in summer and reduced to 3 in winter I believe.

Previosuly OA operated 2 per week and MS also had 2 per week. Now simply codeshare.
 
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RE: Aegean Airlines To Start Cairo Flights...Finally

Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:36 am

Quoting Horus (Thread starter):
The airline will launch the daily B733* service from 01Dec06, with the following schedule:

ATH CAI A3930 1234567 09:25/11:25 2hr00min 0 B733
CAI ATH A3931 1234567 12:15/14:20 1hr05min 0 B733

I wish success to Aegean. They have much better schedule than Olympic which is a good start.
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