Posted on February 4th, 2011
Demand for flights departing from Egyptian airports has risen nearly 100% over the last 7 days, with Egypt now accounting for 25% percent of all Avinode departure demand on the African continent. The sudden change in political climate over the last week is the probable cause for this unexpected new trend. This shift in demand is most clearly reflected in the airport popularity statistics for the last week of January, which sees Cairo International Airport up from the fourth most popular departure airport, in Africa, to the number one departure airport over the last week. Alexandria International and a number of other Egyptian airports have also been heavily affected by the shift in demand, with Alexandria moving up to second place, after being unlisted most of the month. This brings the total number of Egyptian airports in the top twenty-five to eight. The majority of requested aircraft in the affected region over this period have been mid-size to heavy jets.