21 April 2014

Tunisia: Syphax Airlines - Tunis-Montreal Direct Air Service to Be Launched Thursday April 24

Tunis, — The direct Tunis-Montreal air flight will be launched officially by Syphax Airlines, as of Thursday April 24, 2014, from Tunis-Carthage airport, said Mohamed Frikha, founder and CEO of this private company, during a meeting with the press held, Monday, in Tunis.

The first weekly commercial flight whose duration is estimated at 7 hours 30 minutes, will ensured by Airbus A-330-200, with 277 seats (250 economy class seats and 27 business class seats).

The departure is due every Thursday, from the Tunis-Carthage airport at 1:30 p.m. and the return every Friday, from Dorval airport in Montreal at 7 p.m. (local time).

A second flight is under study, particularly, during the summer season, during which the Tunisian expatriates in Canada (some 22,000 persons) come back home every year (12,000 Tunisian nationals come back home every year).

Mr. Frikha underlined that this flight will mark the start of a promising development of economic exchanges between Tunisia and Canada, while providing new prospects to the transport of persons and goods.

It also aimed to boost the Canadian tourist flow towards Tunisia.

According to Frikha, the opening of long-haul routes is part of the development strategy of the company, by boosting its initial fleet made up of two planes--Airbus A319 and Airbus A330-200--.

Presently, the air company signed an agreement with the Airbus company for obtaining 10 planes to go beyond the European market after having obtained the certifications and the necessary authorisation to make transatlantic flights. The private air company founder said that the company aspires to go towards the Asian and American Markets, starting by a promotional flight towards Beijing which will pave the way for opening Tunis-Beijing line early 2015. A Tunis-New York air fight is also under study ti be launched in 2015 as well as other destinations in Europe (Germany, Switzerlandà) and in Gulf countries.

Launched in June 2011 by Tunisian businessman Mohamed Frikha, CEO of TELNET, Syphax Airlines announces it had "ended the last two years with a positive balance and managed to achieve 70% of its business plan in 2013, despite the bad economic juncture in the country."

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