Airlines have stepped in to announce special rescue fares for passengers left without a flight after Cobalt grounded all its airplanes late on Wednesday.
Aegean said it was launching a special scheme, valid from today to November 30.
It includes additional direct flights from Larnaca to Athens for passengers holding Cobalt tickets at €80 plus taxes and direct flights from Larnaca to Thessaloniki at €80 plus taxes. Also offered are flights to Thessaloniki with a stopover in Athens for €130 plus taxes and flights to Heraklion via Athens with the same fare.
Cobalt passengers who had bought tickets for Tel Aviv can travel to that destination for €100 plus taxes.
Special arrangements have been made for flights from Larnaca to Geneva, Frankfurt and Zurich, all with a stopover in Athens for €260 plus taxes.
Aegean is also making arrangements for Cobalt passengers from Larnaca to London, Paris and Moscow with a stopover in Athens for €280 plus taxes.
For London, provision is also made for direct flights for €280 plus taxes.
Cobalt passengers who were going to travel with Cobalt from Larnaca to Beirut can do so on Aegean but with a stopover in Athens for €120 plus taxes.
Special arrangements are also being made for Madrid, Dublin and Dusseldorf again with a stopover in Athens. The fare is €260 for Dusseldorf and €280 for Madrid and Dublin, plus taxes.
In order to benefit from the scheme, passengers must submit a copy of their Cobalt ticket on line.
Cyprus Airways will be offering up to 20 free one-way tickets (excluding airport taxes), on each flight, for the repatriation of passengers from/to Larnaca, Athens, Beirut, and Tel Aviv.
The offer is valid for all flights to the aforementioned destinations for trips to be completed by December 15, 2018.
This offer is valid for reservations made until October 31, 2018, on a first come first served basis.
Interested parties can communicate with Cyprus Airways’
Call center at +357 24000053 (outside Cyprus) or at 8000 8111 (in Cyprus) Monday-Sunday 07:30-23:30
Ryanair is also offering rescue fares for Cobalt passengers.
These low rescue fares are on sale now on ryanair.com but must be booked by midnight Friday, the airline said.
According to a company press release, “Cypriot customers and visitors can fly from Paphos to/from Chania, London Stansted, Tel Aviv and Thessaloniki at fares starting from just €14,99 for travel from November 2018 to March 2019, and from only €26,99 in October.
“Cypriot customers and visitors can continue to enjoy the lowest fares and most reliable service with Ryanair and we’ve released rescue fares to assist stranded Cobalt Air customers,” Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said.
Route from Paphos to: October Winter
CHANIA €36.99 €14.99
LONDON STANSTED €40.99 €30.99
TEL AVIV €29.99 €19.99
THESSALONIKI €48.99 €26.99
Wizz Air announced special fares for Cobalt customers whose flights from or to Larnaca, Cyprus or Athens, Greece and any London airport were cancelled.
Passengers can book rescue fares from Larnaca, Athens and London from £79.
Bookings can be made via Wizz Air’s special rescue fare site at https://wizzair.com/#/rescue. Customers will need to provide evidence of their bookings with Cobalt for the Larnaca/Athens-London routes.
Blue Air, the low cost Romanian airline, also stepped in to offer some Cobalt customers rescue fares.
Noting that a one-way flight to/from the UK is set to start at £87, a message on Blue Air’s website stated: “Passengers in possession of a cancelled Cobalt flight reservation can book a new flight by calling the Blue Air Call Centre in Cyprus or UK.“
The airline is offering a selection of reduced fare flights for a limited time to customers who are travelling between October and March and who have a cancelled flight reservation.
Specifically, they are offering rescue fares on the following routes: London (Luton) – Larnaca and Larnaca – London (Luton), Larnaca – Athens, Thessaloniki – Larnaca, Larnaca – Thessaloniki, Athens – Larnaca routes. Prices including taxes start at €69, one way, to/ from Athens and Thessaloniki and from €99 , one way, to/from Luton(Luton).
The rescue fare is subject to both seat availability and terms & conditions – further details here:
Blue Air: Cobalt Rescue Fares
British Airways told in-cyprus that they were not be offering special fares for Cobalt passengers.