It may not feel like winter has come but the summer season is certainly over and the Mediterranean island’s tourism industry is getting ready to welcome winter visitors.
But with Christmas only weeks away, a lot of Cypriots are also making plans for an escape during the festive season. And airlines have fluctuated their flight schedule based on seasonal demand.
Their long-standing goal is to increase connectivity and maintain a large number of routes during the months of winter so as to increase tourist arrivals but to also give Cypriots the option of more and more direct flights.
Airlines have now finalised their flight schedule – up until April 2020 – and is posted on the website of Hermes Airports, according to Phileleftheros.
This shows that, up until March 28, Cypriots have the choice to fly directly to over 35 countries. In fact, Hermes Airports have recently announced an increase of some 300,000 passenger seats in their winter flight schedule.
One can visit 32 countries directly from Larnaca Airport, while Paphos offers routes to three additional countries: Estonia, Ireland and Slovakia. In fact, Paphos offers 11 additional destinations compared to those by Larnaca Airport from Greece (Chania), United Kingdom (Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Doncaster). From Larnaca, direct flights go to six destinations in Britain (Gatwick, Liverpool, Luton, Bristol, Stansted and Heathrow).
Regarding neighbouring countries, there are direct flights to Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel, while there are also direct flights to Middle Eastern countries such as Dubai, Qatar and Bahrain. With Nordic countries, direct flights cover only Norway and Sweden.
Direct flights to five German cities include Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. Italy’s Milan is a classic winter destination with direct flights and so is Vienna, Prague and Budapest. One can also fly directly to Switzerland for skiing (flights to Zurich and Basel), but also Bulgaria (Varna and Sofia).
Among the choices of Cypriot travellers are Baltic countries such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Serbia and Northern Macedonia are also among the choices of Cypriots besides Russia and Ukraine. In addition to Romania, other travel options are Georgia and Moldova, and there is also a very good connectivity with Poland (three destinations).
As for classic destinations such as Greece, the winter flight schedule includes Athens, Salonica, Chania and Heraklion.