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New routes, more than 300,000 seats added to winter flight schedule

There will be an increase of  more than 300,000 seats (or 9%) in this winter’s flight schedule compared with the same season of 2018-2019, Hermes Airports said on Thursday.

The winter flight season commences on October 27, 2019 and ends on March 28, 2020.

This increase has resulted from the addition of new routes to and from Larnaca & Paphos International Airports, as well as the introduction of additional flights and seats to existing routes.

At Larnaca Airport, Wizz Air will launch new routes from Lviv, Chisinau, Kraków and Skopje, while Aegean Airlines is launching a new route from Beirut.

Ryanair will begin a new flight schedule from Beirut, Katowice and Malta to Paphos Airport, and will also include Kiev in its winter season schedule.

At the same time, there will be an increase in flights for existing routes to Athens (Cyprus Airways), Tel Aviv (El Al), Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Manchester and Birmingham (Jet2), as well as other destinations.

In total, 70 airlines are currently flying to and from Larnaca and Paphos International Airports, connecting Cyprus with 120 destinations in 40 countries.

Maria Kouroupi, Hermes Airports’ Senior Manager for Aviation Development, Marketing and Communications, stated that with the introduction of new routes and the boosting of existing ones in each flight season, Cyprus is gradually combating the seasonality of its tourism product.

“At Hermes Airports, we maintain partnerships with all tourism stakeholders in order to open a fixed channel that connects Cyprus to new markets in a coordinated and targeted manner, that also takes into account new global tourism trends. The increase noted in flights during winter months over the past few years has already contributed significantly to the overall rise in annual passenger traffic,” she said.

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