|An Egyptair Airbus A321|
by Vinay Bhaskara
Troubled Star Alliance member Egyptair is adding one additional flight per week between Cairo and
Mumbai from 27th October 2013, bringing the services to five times per week. Egyptair Flight 968 will operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday departing Cairo at 23:05 and arriving at Mumbai at 07:55 the next day. The return, Egyptair Flight 969, will operate Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday departing at 09:10 from Mumbai and arriving at 12:40 pm at Cairo. All flights operate with Boeing 737-800 aircraft seating 144 passengers (24J / 120 Y)
Egyptair is struggling under the weight of demand weakness at home thanks to a poor economy and declining tourism due to the 2011 Arab Spring, and the events that have ensued since. Since June 2011, the carrier has lost more than US $950 million and seen revenue decline sharply. But they have made good business connecting passengers over their growing hub at Cairo Airport, and India has been one of few strong points from an origin and demand (O&D point of view).