Egypt Air, which increased frequency on the Mumbai-Cairo route from two-flights-a-week to three-flights-a-week as of June, is now planning to increase the frequency further to daily flights.
The airline is also looking to add New Delhi and Bangalore on its route map by operating thrice a week to both the cities. "We have acquired the traffic rights to start more flights to India since last year. However, since we do not have additional aircraft in our fleet at this point of time, we have not been able to increase operations to India.
We are planning to deploy A330 aircraft on all the new flights, which are likely to be launched by end of 2008 ", said Ahmed Wasfy, Regional Manager- India, Egypt Air. Apart from connecting Mumbai with Cairo, the airline operates three weekly flights on the Mumbai-Kuala Lumpur route. It operates an A330 aircraft on both the routes.
The airline is also looking at introducing web check-in and SMS check-in services for its passengers in India, but things are still at the planning stage. According to Wasfy, there has been a 12 per cent year-on-year increase in tourist traffic from India to Egypt and the airline has been registering almost 75 per cent load factor on its Mumbai-Cairo flights. He added that as far as the Mumbai-Kuala Lumpur route is concerned, the airline has witnessed load factors as high as 90 per cent.