Wednesday, March 20, 2013

► SAUDI ARABIA: Air Cairo to start Alexandria & Assuit - Riyadh from late March.

Air CairoAfter the successful 1 March launch of twice weekly Alexandria - Tripoli and once weekly Assuit - Tripoli flights, Egyptian LCC, Air Cairo (SM) has now announced the launch of direct flights from Alexandria and Assuit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, effective 25 March 2013. 

Air Cairo will operate the route with a single class Airbus A320 with capacity for 177 passengers.
Air Cairo Crew"We have an ambitious plan to expand and develop the network, and will continue to provide new destinations and increase frequencies in order to provide more options to our customers in all Egyptian governorates*, as well as prices to suit everyone," said Yasser El Ramly, Chairman and CEO of Air Cairo. 
"With the operation to Riyadh we will have 45 scheduled weekly flights. This expansion of the network in the Middle East comes under the strategy of the Ministry of Aviation to grow investments and provide more services for residents of Egyptian governorates* located far from Cairo."
Source [AsiaTravelTips]

Currently, Air Cairo operates four Airbus A320s.

*For administrative purposes, Egypt is divided into 27 "governorates" that are in essence, the top tier of the country's five-tier jurisdiction hierarchy. A governorate can be either fully "urban" or else an admixture of "urban" and "rural" and is administered by a governor, who is appointed by the President of Egypt and serves at the president's discretion.

Thanks to Richard T. Pooner.