Air Cairo is a low-fare airline based in Cairo, Egypt.[2] The airline is part owned by Egyptair. Air Cairo operates scheduled flights to the Middle East and Europe and also operates charter flights to Egypt from Europe on behalf of tour operators. Its base is Cairo International Airport, Sharm El Sheikh International Airport and Hurghada International Airport with the company head office in the Sheraton Heliopolis Zone.[3]

Air Cairo
Air Cairo logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
SM MSC AIR CAIRO
Founded2003; 19 years ago (2003)
Operating bases
Fleet size10
Destinations24
Parent companyEgyptair
National Bank of Egypt
Bank Misr
HeadquartersCairo, Egypt
Key peopleHussein Sherif (CEO)
Employees500[1]
Websitewww.aircairo.com

HistoryEdit

 
An Air Cairo Airbus A320-200 in the previous livery

The airline was established in 2003. It is owned by Egyptair (60%), the National Bank of Egypt (20%) and Bank Misr (20%).

Recently, the company is re-modeling towards the low fare model which is planned to be the strongest low fare airline in Egypt. On 1 June 2012 Air Cairo launched its first ever scheduled flight from Borg El Arab Airport Alexandria to Kuwait International Airport, Queen Alia International Airport, King Abdulaziz International Airport, Tripoli International Airport, Sabha Airport, Misrata Airport and King Khaled International Airport. Air Cairo also launched its scheduled flights from Hurghada International Airport to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. But those flights were suspended in the end of December 2015.[4]

On 5 November 2018, it was reported that the German aviation authority had banned Air Cairo - along with FlyEgypt - from flying to Germany, where it operated on behalf of German tour operators, due to regulatory violations.[5] Shortly afterwards major European tour operators such has Thomas Cook Group and TUI Group announced they would end their contracts with Air Cairo and FlyEgypt.[6]

In March 2019, it was reported that the airline would be leasing Embraer 170 aircraft for operations on the airline's domestic routes within Egypt.[7]

In March 2021, Air Cairo announced it was to make a major push into the German-speaking market, having signed a sales cooperation agreement with SunExpress to market and manage up to 30 flights per week to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada from 14 airports in, Germany Austria, and Switzerland. Under the agreement, SunExpress will take care of all flight planning, revenue management, and sales; with Air Cairo operating the flights. In the course of the partnership, SunExpress and Air Cairo planned to expand the venture to other airports outside of German-speaking countries, SunExpress said in a statement. Air Cairo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hussein Sherif, said the Benelux countries would be targeted next. The aim of the sales push was to boost tourism to Egypt to pre-COVID-19 levels.[8]

DestinationsEdit

As of September 2021, Air Cairo operates scheduled services - without leisure charters - to the following airports:[9]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Armenia Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport [10]
Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport Seasonal [11][12]
Czech Republic Prague Václav Havel Airport Prague [13]
Denmark Billund Billund Airport Terminated [14]
Copenhagen Copenhagen Airport Terminated [14]
Egypt Abu Simbel Abu Simbel Airport Terminated [15]
Alexandria Borg El Arab Airport Base
Assiut Assiut Airport
Aswan Aswan International Airport Terminated [16]
Cairo Cairo International Airport
Hurghada Hurghada International Airport Base
Luxor Luxor International Airport Terminated [16]
Marsa Alam Marsa Alam International Airport Terminated
Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El Sheikh International Airport Base
Sohag Sohag International Airport
Georgia Tbilisi Tbilisi International Airport Terminated
Germany Berlin Berlin Brandenburg Airport Seasonal [11][12]
Bremen Bremen Airport Seasonal [11][12]
Cologne/Bonn Cologne Bonn Airport Seasonal [11][12]
Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Airport Seasonal [17]
Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport Seasonal [17]
Hamburg Hamburg Airport Seasonal [11][12]
Hannover Hannover Airport Seasonal [11][12]
Leipzig/Halle Leipzig/Halle Airport Seasonal [11][12]
Munich Munich Airport Seasonal [11][12]
Nuremberg Nuremberg Airport Seasonal [11][12]
Stuttgart Stuttgart Airport Seasonal [11][12]
Hungary Budapest Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport Terminated [18]
Italy Bari Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport [19]
Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport Terminated [20]
Bologna Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport Terminated [16]
Milan Milan Malpensa Airport [19]
Naples Naples International Airport [19]
Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport [19]
Venice Venice Marco Polo Airport Terminated [16]
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport
Jordan Amman Queen Alia International Airport
Aqaba King Hussein International Airport Terminated [21]
Kuwait Kuwait City Kuwait International Airport [13]
North Macedonia Skopje Skopje International Airport
Poland Katowice Katowice Airport Terminated
Warsaw Warsaw Chopin Airport Terminated [13]
Saudi Arabia Gassim Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz International Airport
Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport
Medina Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport Terminated
Riyadh King Khalid International Airport
Yanbu Yanbu Airport Terminated [22]
Serbia Belgrade Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
Slovakia Bratislava Bratislava Airport [13]
Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Seasonal [11][12]
Zürich Zürich Airport Seasonal [17]
Qatar Doha Hamad International Airport
Uzbekistan Tashkent Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport [23]

Codeshare agreementsEdit

Air Cairo has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

In addition, Air Cairo has a sales cooperation agreement with SunExpress to market and manage up to 30 flights per week to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada from 14 airports in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.[12]

FleetEdit

As of January 2021, the Air Cairo fleet consists of the following aircraft:[25]

Air Cairo fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 6 174
Airbus A320neo 4[26] 186
Total 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Airlines based in Egypt: Air Cairo". airlineupdate. Retrieved 12 June 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "[1]." Air Cairo. Retrieved on 2 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. pp. 53–54.
  4. ^ "Er Kairo otkazao sve letove iz BG". b92.net.
  5. ^ airliners.de - "Two Egypt carriers banned from landing in Germany" 5 December 2018
  6. ^ ch-aviation.com - TUI Group, Thomas Cook drop use of FlyEgypt, Air Cairo 11 December 2018
  7. ^ "Egypt's Air Cairo to add wet-leased Embraer capacity in 2Q19". ch-aviation.com. 18 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Egypt's Air Cairo, SunExpress ink cooperation agreement". ch-aviation.com. 8 March 2021.
  9. ^ www.aircairo.com%5d/ "Air Cairo". Air Cairo. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  10. ^ "Air Cairo adds Armenia service from June 2017". routesonline.com.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Flight plan". sunexpress.com.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Egypt's Air Cairo, SunExpress ink cooperation agreement". ch-aviation.com. 8 March 2021.
  13. ^ a b c d "Air Cairo S17 Europe service additions". routesonline.com.
  14. ^ a b "Air Cairo to resume three services from Sharm el-Sheikh to Italy from December 2020". aaco.org. 20 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Air Cairo files Abu Simbel – Aswan schedule from Oct 2019". routesonline.com. 26 July 2019.
  16. ^ a b c d "Air Cairo W18 network additions". routesonline.com.
  17. ^ a b c "Air Cairo flies from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Zurich to Hurghada". aerotelegraph.com. 16 December 2020.
  18. ^ Liu, Jim (5 October 2020). "Air Cairo resumes Hurghada – Budapest service from Nov 2020". routesonline.com.
  19. ^ a b c d "Air Cairo returns to flights from Italy to the Red Sea from 23 July". askanews.it. 28 May 2021.
  20. ^ "Air Cairo schedules new Italian routes in S19". routesonline.com. 2018.
  21. ^ Liu, Jim (30 September 2019). "Air Cairo adds Aqaba service from Oct 2019". routesonline.com.
  22. ^ "Air Cairo plans Yanbu April 2017 launch". routesonline.com.
  23. ^ "Air Cairo is operating a new route between Sharm El Sheikh and Tashkent in Uzbekistan". aaco.org. 18 November 2020.
  24. ^ "Egyptair and Air Cairo sign codeshare agreement". arabianaerospace.aero. 1 September 2020.
  25. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 13.
  26. ^ "Air Cairo receives its first Airbus A320neo | Airbus".

External linksEdit

  Media related to Air Cairo at Wikimedia Commons