Aegean at Edi today?

Old Apr 29, 2020, 3:31 pm
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Aegean at Edi today?

I was walking my dog out by Edinburgh airport today when i saw an Aegean A320 take off. Got me thinking..and when i checked..sure enough no flights till June..and thats during normal times. Aegean statement during covid shutdown..no flights during April internationally. Any ideas what it was doing? Arrived 10.53am..and left at 12.06pm. Thxs!
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Old Apr 29, 2020, 3:34 pm
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A diversion for emergency/refueling/medical stop or a repatriation flight would be the obvious choices. Is there some A3 route operating now that would go near northern UK? It might also be charter for medical personnel/equipment, but the usual sports charters and vacation packages would presumably be prohibited now.
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Old Apr 29, 2020, 4:45 pm
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It's the regular EDI - LCA flight which still seems to be going: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/a34919
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Old Apr 29, 2020, 6:51 pm
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Originally Posted by jock
I was walking my dog out by Edinburgh airport today when i saw an Aegean A320 take off. Got me thinking..and when i checked..sure enough no flights till June..and thats during normal times. Aegean statement during covid shutdown..no flights during April internationally. Any ideas what it was doing? Arrived 10.53am..and left at 12.06pm. Thxs!
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                 Planned Flight Info
Segment          Departure  Arrival    Duration
-------          ---------  ---------  --------
EDI-LCA          11:20      18:05      04:45

Segment          Flight Note
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                 Traffic Restriction: SEGMENT NOT TO BE DISPLAYED [H]
EDI-LCA          Amenity:             Non-Smoking [9]
EDI-LCA          Ticket Type:         E-Ticket [ET]
EDI-LCA          CO2/PAX:             261.20 KG ECO, 522.40 KG PRE
                 Source:              ICAO Carbon Emissions Calc

Location  Time   Operational Event
--------  -----  ------------------------
EDI       11:57  Left The Gate
EDI       12:07  Took Off
EDI       00:37  Plane Is Late (In HH:MM)
EDI              Delay: AIRCRAFT ROTATION
LCA       18:36  Aircraft Landed
LCA       18:45  Arrived
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Old Apr 30, 2020, 4:06 am
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A diversion for emergency/refueling/medical stop or a repatriation flight would be the obvious choices. Is there some A3 route operating now that would go near northern UK?
Not even in normal times - no. Perhaps if they ever start service to KEF?
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Old Apr 30, 2020, 9:15 am
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Well, now that the Greek islands are only accessible to those who have their permanent address there, Athenians decided to spend their summer vacation on Iceland .
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Old May 1, 2020, 3:52 am
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Originally Posted by Carpacchio
It's the regular EDI - LCA flight which still seems to be going: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/a34919
I don't think there is (or ever has been) a scheduled A3 LCA-EDI. Maybe summer charters but nothing scheduled, although I opologise if I missed something.

In the last week A3 have flown three round trips LCA-EDI, three LCA-BHX, one LCA-BRS, four LCA-MAN and daily LCA-LHR. That isn't normal, even for peak summer season. These must be repatriation flights, although whether they are for Cypriots or British returning home I don't know - maybe some of each. Why would so many people need to move at once this far into the lockdown? Could it be something to do with the British military presence on Cyprus? Or have cruise ships been docking and unloading there?

The flight numbers vary between 49xx and 60xx. I believe 49xx is an ad-hoc flight and 60xx is repositioning empty so this may be a way to see which direction people are moving (mostly TO Cyprus although some use 49xx in both directions).

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Old May 2, 2020, 1:41 am
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These are repatriation flights operating on a commercial basis (tickets purchased directly from Aegean) but being facilitated by the UK govt and Cypriot govt, passengers were travelling both ways. Surprising so many Brits were left in Cyprus wanting to return!
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Old May 2, 2020, 9:57 am
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BA have been operating LHR-LCA too using a 787 so there's obviously some demand. I haven't seen A3 operating every day but just Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The British military presence in Cyprus is generally taken care of through Air Tanker A330s which operates Brize Norton to Akrotiri and that still seems to be operating as normal.

I guess there are plenty of Brits living in Cyprus on both sides of the border and at the moment the Turkish side is totally locked down air traffic wise.
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