TRIP REPORT: Cyprus Airways, Beirut - Larnaca

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Written by Aэrologic

In general Beirut has a road network that puts any Ex-Yu city to shame. The whole city is covered by highways, freeways, tunnels and overpasses. Streets are wide, often one-directional allowing for very high speeds. On Sunday morning as the streets were completely empty we rushed towards the airport from North Beirut passing on the way through Hezbollah areas and checkpoints. The taxi dropped me right in-front of the terminal after another few checks on the entrance to the airport.




The flight I was about to take was the result of Cobalt's unfortunate demise where many airlines rushed to offer new charter flights to bring passengers back home. One of those was Cyprus Airways who added an additional flight this Sunday to cater for stranded passengers but surprisingly tickets were available in the GDS.

I spoke at length with Cyprus Airways station manager about the conditions of working in Lebanon and he said that developing transfer connections was a key element to their survival during the slow winter months.

Beirut Airport was stunning as always and it features five separate lounges the largest of which is by far the MEA lounge. The airport has recently made some headlines about the baggage system collapse and long queues since working at the capacity however that wasn't evident this Sunday morning.

Beirut Airport is a jewel of architecture from a period when austerity and cold metal-glass designs weren't the norm or a priority. The centrepiece of it is a SkyCourt like central area around which lounges are located. After Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion it's probably my favourite in terms of architecture.








Our aircraft on this day was an Airbus A319 5B-DCW with a relatively light load of about 40-50 passengers including the Cobalt pax. Beirut Airport offers a wide-variety for spotting among airlines and types. Next to us was a FlyDubai departing to Dubai.



Seats are of genuine leather reminiscent as well of older times. There was no service whatsoever on this almost 1 hour flight. We took off during a shower on this autumn morning and after a right turn over the Mediterranean we said farewell to Beirut.

















The flight was uneventful while the crew was hit and miss. The purser was a genial and experienced lady while some of the staff displayed Aegean-like manners and stress. That included standing next to me until my seatbelt was fastened while descent hadn't even started.




On descent to Larnaca we were able to see six Cobalt aircraft parked that can be seen in the pictures.






On arrival in Larnaca, I visited the Cyprus Airways desk to report the single crew behaviour on which I won't elaborate this time. The arrival in Larnaca saw an unexpected visitor in the form of Pobeda.

I absolutely recommend Cyprus Airways for their website, purchase process, most of their crew and livery amongst other details.

Overall note 7/10.

Comments

  1. Nice report. Love their livery and cabin seats look nice

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    1. The livery is truly special, it stands out among every other livery in Europe. They did a great job with it!

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  2. Were the crew Russian? Since it's an S7 owned airline.

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  3. Amazing ! ...Excellent...

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  4. That load is extremely light, especially given there were people transferred from Cobalt.

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    1. It wasn't a regular flight but a last minute addition to repatriate stranded Cobalt flyers.

      "One of those was Cyprus Airways who added an additional flight this Sunday to cater for stranded passengers but surprisingly tickets were available in the GDS"

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  5. Oh wow...now that's a cool report. Thanks, mate.
    I've always loved the MEA livery with the awesome Cedar tree.
    Don't forget that Lebanon is not really a poor country.
    Their GDP per capita is higher than Serbia and lower than Croatia which is why you see such developments.

    Lebanon is also culturally and historically linked to France. Most people are trilingual: Arabic, English & French.
    Their culture and music is very influential in the Middle East and their Arabic dialect is considered posh.
    I've always enjoyed trips fron that region.
    Well done, once again.

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  6. What a nice ex-Yu airlines report. Always nice to read about airlines from Balkan.

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    1. Visitors are encouraged to submit trip reports from any airline and destination. The aviation industry is not limited to the former Yugoslavia. Readers may want to see what other carriers have to offer, or may opt in the future to fly with them. When there is a trip report from an airline not present in the region, there is also a trip report from a carrier or route from the former Yugoslavia the following day. You can also review over fifty other trip reports, if they are more to your liking.

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    2. We definitely want to read trip reports also outside of our Balkan region. It's interesting and good to know the experience elsewhere. Thank you for that!

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    3. Closed minded bigotry.

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