semsem
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EL AL May Drop Cairo Route

Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:29 am

EL AL is thinking of dropping the Cairo as they are losing $20 million a year on this route. There is a possibility that Israir or Arkia will take it over with smaller aircraft.
 
nycflyer
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RE: EL AL May Drop Cairo Route

Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:33 am

that wouldn't surprise me, seems to make sense.

I flew that route in July 2005, one way, CAI-TLV, and the flight was maybe 60% full. It's a 73G that goes only twice a week, anyway. There is obvious political significance to the route, so downsizing to smaller aircraft makes sense.

Also, maybe frequencies should be increased? When there are only 2x per week, no flexibility, no one likes that.
 
cy319
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RE: EL AL May Drop Cairo Route

Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:39 am

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 1):
maybe frequencies should be increased? When there are only 2x per week, no flexibility, no one likes that

good point.

Quoting Semsem (Thread starter):
There is a possibility that Israir or Arkia will take it over with smaller aircraft.

smaller A/C and increased frequencies wouldnt be a bad idea.
Israelis love to travel abroad. Besides, Egypt ( Red Sea and Sinai) are very popular destinations for Israelis anyway. So, if the TLV-CAI route is provided with enhanced frequencies and more competitive pricing i m confident that it will turn profitable for any operator.
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RJNUT
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RE: EL AL May Drop Cairo Route

Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:45 am

i flew Air Sinai on an unpainted beat-up 737-200 and it was full (Kenyan tourists transitting Cairo on way home to Nairobi) NO! leg room at all.

Good route for Isair's ATR's or do they still have Dash 7's at Arkia?
 
LY777
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RE: EL AL May Drop Cairo Route

Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:49 am

Quoting RJNUT (Reply 3):
Good route for Isair's ATR's or do they still have Dash 7's at Arkia?

They still have Dash7 I believe
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semsem
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RE: EL AL May Drop Cairo Route

Wed Oct 11, 2006 6:26 am

They fly both Dash (7) and ATR (4). The problem is the cost of security in Cairo. I doubt it will ever be profitable. It is a political route.

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