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Postby magikthrill » Tue Jul 12, 2005 5:20 pm

is this similar to the way emirates stops from athens to dubai in larnaca cause iw as wondering how they were doing that since i thought every airline had to use its own country as a hub.

on a sidenote, a cousin of mine will be working for british airways in cyprus and was excited about the trips she would get but then i told her that any trip (Aside from middle east probably) she would make would require her to stop in london first. is this true?
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Postby cannedmoose » Tue Jul 12, 2005 5:32 pm

magikthrill wrote:is this similar to the way emirates stops from athens to dubai in larnaca cause iw as wondering how they were doing that since i thought every airline had to use its own country as a hub.

on a sidenote, a cousin of mine will be working for british airways in cyprus and was excited about the trips she would get but then i told her that any trip (Aside from middle east probably) she would make would require her to stop in london first. is this true?


As far as I know Thrill, BA doesn't use Cyprus as a hub for any onward destinations, therefore it's likely that your cousin will have the excitement of visiting the UK regularly :lol:

Then again, she would get a healthy discount on BA travel so she can travel wherever she wants for less than the usual price.
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Postby rotate » Wed Jul 13, 2005 12:28 am

magikthrill wrote:is this similar to the way emirates stops from athens to dubai in larnaca cause iw as wondering how they were doing that since i thought every airline had to use its own country as a hub.

on a sidenote, a cousin of mine will be working for british airways in cyprus and was excited about the trips she would get but then i told her that any trip (Aside from middle east probably) she would make would require her to stop in london first. is this true?


Best example of a purpose developed hub airport is Schipol in Holland, designed to encourage airlines to base their operations in Holland Schipol was built despite French objections (the French wanted Charles de Gaulle airport to be the European hub). However Schipol could not overcome the dominence of Heathrow, although it was a close run thing when British Airways considered moving its Heathrow and Gatwick operations to Schipol some years ago. In an effort to counter Heathrow KLM flew passengers for virtually nothing from the UK to Schipol for onward destinations such as Larnaca which may have in part contributed to the financial problems that KLM has suffered. The deregulation of the airline industry has removed many former obstacles and there is now no reason why an airline registered in one country cannot base its main operations in another country providing of course the airline is not state owned or subsidised such as Air France or Iberia. :idea:

Your cousin will be entitled to rebated travel on most other airlines as well as BA, so she may not have to always travel to Heathrow first. All the info will be available to her on line when she joins BA.
Good way of seeing the world, although sometimes things do go wrong and you can get off loaded in some curious places. Getting to/from popular destinations can be difficult at certain times of the year so back up stand-by tickets for other airlines are a must.

Problems arise when you are on a tight time frame and you spend your leave or rest days hanging around airports trying to hitch a flight. Working in Cyprus your cousin should be OK for getting out but its Heathrow where the problems arise especially when it comes to getting back to Cyprus at peak demand times.

Fortunately I no longer have to commute to Heathrow on a regular basis, at one time I would spend four days in Cyprus and six days in the UK or elswhere in Europe and the Middle East. My longest flight from Cyprus to Heathrow took 19Hrs, Cyprus Airways Larnaca/Athens Olympic Airways Athens/Frankfurt Lufthansa Frankfurt/Heathrow. Now I only ever use staff travel on a firm ticket, failing that I buy off the internet last return flight Larnaca/Gatwick/Larnaca cost GBP90 including all taxes, no upgrade to Club but for that price who cares! :D
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Postby cannedmoose » Wed Jul 13, 2005 12:37 am

rotate wrote:My longest flight from Cyprus to Heathrow took 19Hrs, Cyprus Airways Larnaca/Athens Olympic Airways Athens/Frankfurt Lufthansa Frankfurt/Heathrow.


Blimey, you could have swum it quicker... :lol:
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Postby rotate » Wed Jul 13, 2005 12:53 am

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rotate wrote:My longest flight from Cyprus to Heathrow took 19Hrs, Cyprus Airways Larnaca/Athens Olympic Airways Athens/Frankfurt Lufthansa Frankfurt/Heathrow.


Blimey, you could have swum it quicker... :lol:


Not with them sharks in the med I could'nt :roll:
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Postby cannedmoose » Wed Jul 13, 2005 1:24 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: Would have been an incentive to swim quickly, especially around Malta...
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Postby Agios Amvrosios » Wed Jul 13, 2005 4:10 am

if only it only took 19Hrs from Darwin to Cyprus.

My record is 43 hours. Darwin to Brisbane (opposite direction but for some reason its cheaper), then, Kuala Lumpah,then Mumbai, then Dubai and finally Cyprus and we all lived happily ever after.
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Postby erolz » Wed Jul 13, 2005 4:26 am

Agios Amvrosios wrote:
My record is 43 hours. Darwin to Brisbane (opposite direction but for some reason its cheaper), then, Kuala Lumpah,then Mumbai, then Dubai and finally Cyprus and we all lived happily ever after.


A quick 'flight search' on expedia.com from brisbane to larnaca show a couple of routes ( Connect in Dubai (DXB), Manila (MNL) or Connect in Sydney (Kingsford Smith), Manama (BAH) )and are showing times of about 27-30 hours.

A quicker way might be to go brisbane to istambul (about 24 hours). From istambul you are about 1 hour away from Cyprus (north). Of course this probably 'politicaly unacceptable' to you, but its probably the quickest way to get from Brisbane to Cyprus.

PS the last time I went from UK to NZ (pretty much as far as you can go before comming back on yourself) the flight took 30 hours from my front door in UK to Aukjland airport. However the two stops on route were only for a 1 ish hour refulling stop.
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Postby Yiannis » Wed Jul 13, 2005 4:47 am

Sorry for fuelling up the out of topic posts but i have to say that my longest trip was from Philly to Frankfurt (8hrs) then stay in frankfurt for 12 hrs (basically driving around with my cousin who lives there) and then from Frankfurt to Larnaca (4hrs), Total = 24hrs and let me say i thought that that was tiring but i guess hearing from u guys it could be worse :roll:
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Postby magikthrill » Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:40 am

rotate,

muchas gracias for the detailed info!
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