Flight connectivity in Cyprus increases significantly, says Minister of Transport

Minister of Transport Marios Demetriades expressed on Monday his confidence that Cyprus’ economy is back on track, following the economic crisis, adding that the country’s connectivity has also increased significantly along with the development in the aviation industry.

Speaking during an event at Larnaca airport, organized by Hermes Airport and Blue Air on the occasion of the company’s third aircraft, Demetriades noted that the company carried in 2016 around 320 thousand passengers, while in the first half of this year the same number stands at 175 thousand.

Moreover he referred to the increase in air traffic that has been achieved in the past three years, despite predictions to the contrary following the collapse and eventual closing down of Cyprus Airways.

The government and the Ministry, through its open sky policies, have contributed to this direction, the Minister added.

Representatives of Blue Air, Hermes Airports and the travel company Orthodoxou Aviation Ltd also addressed the same event. Commercial Manager Tudor Constantinescu said the airliner started flights from Larnaca in 2015, offering two destinations and now carries more than half a million passengers, offering 61 destinations through Bucharest.

Antonis Orthodoxou, the CEO of Orthodoxou Group of Companies, expressed his satisfaction for the third aircraft, noting the progress that the company has made.

Eleni Kalogirou of Hermes Airports said that the company expects to increase its capacity by 35% compared to last year, by adding new routes to its flying programme.

Source: Cyprus News Agency