Just wondering if anyone can give me any advice. Me and my partner will be travelling to Sidari Corfu for the first time in Septenber with Olympic holidays. I've just been reading some reviews on how this company have changed their airline from Monarch to Skywings/Strategic, and a lot of people have been saying how the flights were really delayed and they didnt feel safe in the flight. Has anyone flew with these recently? Thanks xx
Message posted by Mrs Mushypea on 04†August†2011 at 12:56pm - IP Logged
Going to Sidari in the morning with Tor Air (another Monarch replacement). Will let you know when we get back. Last week's flight was heavily delayed...hopefully it will be OK this week (pretty please!!!)
Message posted by mbk6257 on 04†August†2011 at 1:27pm - IP Logged
Which airport are you flying from? Im flying with Strategic on 29th August, Im flying from Manchester on the 19-15pm flight, Im using Manchester airport:live flight information.
The longest delay for my flight Ive noticed is 20 minutes last Monday evening it was 9 minutes, seems more like they were just waiting for the plane in front to take off,
on feeling safe does anyone feel 100% safe? Im always wary till we touch down. Enjoy your self.
Message posted by Mrs Mushypea on 04†August†2011 at 1:46pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by Mrs Mushypea on 04†August†2011
Mike my sister is also on this flight with my mum and aunt... Just hoping they have no serious delays as we have promised to wait for them at the apartments with milk and water etc!!!
Is Milk and Water the new in word for Ouzo Michelle
Apologies for going of subject.
Message posted by charchar on 04†August†2011 at 3:20pm - IP Logged
No Viv LOL Honestly I have been given a shopping list of "make sure they have lol" my mums is milk for a cuppa and water and my sisters is milk, water oh yes and a couple of bottles of the local white wine!!! The cheek!!
There will be no ouzo left in resort by the time they arrive as I will have drank it all...
Message posted by SusieH on 04†August†2011 at 3:50pm - IP Logged
Despite reports I am sure there is nothing to worry about re safety etc. The interiors may be a tad old and tatty but that will not affect its ability to get you to Corfu!!
But Skywings have been rather off and on in delays this year
Hopefully you will be fine. We are flying out with Sky Wings to Skiathos mid September. We too are keeping our fingers crossed delays are to a minimum. Since August 1st they have been mostly on time, with just one flight today taking off an hour late
Message posted by brucelin1949 on 04†August†2011 at 4:59pm - IP Logged
You can rest assured that any of the 4 airlines we are currently using for most of our Greek/Cyprus destinations have not brought up their performance to a minimum acceptable standard, on a consistent basis, they shall not be contracted for summer 2012.
Message posted by Gerry P on 04†August†2011 at 6:33pm - IP Logged
Olympic said that Monarch wanted to concentrate on sheduled flight not charter? Look at the Sky Wings thread can't do the link thing!
Message posted by daveyh on 08†August†2011 at 10:54am - IP Logged
I just rebooked with Olympic; September they have booked me on Easyjet as the Strategic flight is fully booked! But next year is showing up as Strategic again so at present they must be happy with the partnership at Gatwick.
Message posted by Tina B on 08†August†2011 at 4:13pm - IP Logged
I don't think it is just that they are happy with that airline. They have to sell packages for next year already and have to show an airline. This year there were changes of airlines at least 3 times from various airports. Some of them were not even on for a week. Finally someone admitted that they were considering chartering that airline, but it didn't come off. In other words they had to put something on as an airline to sell the holiday. Strangley enough details of flights with Aegean didn't last more than a day after a potential customer asked the airline if they were contracted to Olympic!
Personally I will not be booking for next year as not only the airline can change, but also the flight times to later in the day or even night.
Message posted by jundas on 14†August†2011 at 1:02am - IP Logged
I got back from Sidari this morning (Sat) and flew with Strategic with Olympic hols. Overall, quite happy with the service provided, but a few niggles. No long queues at check in at Gatwick which was good, but did have an hour and 15 minute delay,s o instead of flying at 10.15pm, left at 11.30pm. Plane was fine, but was a bit shabby and dated. Food served was OK and air hostesses very nice. No films or duty free on board, but that didn't bother us. On return from Corfu, again very quick check in and didn't have to queue outside which was nice. All going well, got on plane for our 4.25am flight (very tired at this point) when captain came out and unfortunately said technical problem with door not shutting correctly so had to get engineers to fix it which took about an hour or so. We finally left just after 5.30am. Was annoying, but what can you do. Problems have to be fixed and we fell asleep anyway. If we go back to Corfu next year with Olympic and they're still using Strategic, I wouldn't have a problem with using them again. Wasn't perfect, but not a terrible experience either...
Message posted by Bev D on 14†August†2011 at 12:44pm - IP Logged
We flew with Strategic end of June from Manchester. Initally told 4hr delay because of medical emergency night before, plane was stranded at Zante. We were given £4 each, well flight was only delayed 2.5hrs. Much better than when we flew with Exell, before they collapsed. We found the food some of the best we had, service good, arrived right on time. When we departed, we left early, service good, staff friendly. We had more room on the plane, seats bigger, than Monarch. Would we be happy flying with them again? You bet. One of the best flights we ever had.
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