Despite the progress made, there is still a need for more flights to Paphos Airport, the chairman of the district’s Chamber of Commerce Andreas Demetriades told the Cyprus News Agency on Friday.
He said the chamber wanted to see flights to those markets which showed the most potential for business and tourism.
Paphos Airport was one of the district’s main infrastructure projects which contributes not only to tourism but the economy more generally he added noting that in 2018, a total of 2.87 million passengers used the airport, up 14% on the previous year’s numbers. Arrivals were 1.434 million and departures 1.437 million.
Though significant steps have been taken to boost flights to the airport there is both a need and prospects for more in terms of destinations as well as frequency, he added.
The chamber wants to tap markets with business/tourism potential with new or additional flights to Belgium, Egypt, India, Scandinavian counties, Russia, Arab countries, France, Ukraine, China, Austria and Lebanon, he said.
A significant factor in developing Paphos Airport is abolishing protectionist measures on scheduled flights from third countries to encourage tourism from countries outside Europe, he said.