Cyprus Airways adds non-stop weekly flight from Dubai to Larnaca
Cyprus Airways, the national flag carrier of Cyprus, is to add another non-stop weekly flight from Dubai to Larnaca from June, bringing the carrier’s total weekly flights from the emirate to three.
The move follows increased demand for more capacity from the region, especially Dubai.
The news comes as Cyprus Airways reports increased passenger traffic on six of its eight Middle East routes for the first four months of this year.
From January to April, Dubai recorded a spectacular 159.4% increase in passenger traffic over the same period last year. Increases were also recorded from Beirut, Cairo, Amman, Damascus and Bahrain.
Cyprus Airways will operate an Airbus A320 on its new Dubai-Larnaca flight with 156 seats in a two-class, business and economy configuration. Flight CY 393 will depart Dubai every Tuesday at 04.40 hrs arriving Larnaca at 07.20 hrs, in time for convenient early morning connecting flights to European destinations.
“The timing is ideally suited for business people who want to immediately get down to work in Cyprus or leisure travellers who want to make the most of their time on the island once they arrive,” said Stavros Kyprianou, Cyprus Airways’ Middle East and Gulf Chief.
The airline currently has return flights from Dubai to Larnaca every Thursday, operated with an Airbus A319 in a two-class configuration with 12 business class and 114 economy class seats, and on Sundays, with an Airbus A320.
“We anticipate even more demand on this route from people wanting to attend the Olympic Games, in Athens this August. Cyprus Airways currently operates five daily flights from Larnaca to the Greek capital and provides a relatively seamless service in reaching Athens,” added Kyprianou.
“Further developments, such as the impending opening of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s regional office in Dubai, will also give further impetus to marketing Cyprus as an attractive short-haul tourism destination especially for Middle Eastern visitors,” added Kyprianou.
All Cyprus Airways’ regional destinations, excluding Jeddah and Riyadh, witnessed significant passenger traffic growth in the first four months of 2004 with Cairo recording 39.7%, Damascus 36.8%, Bahrain 6.7%, Beirut 2.4% and Amman a 1.1% increase.
Overall the Cypriot national flag carrier reported a 19.5% increase in passenger traffic for the first four months of 2004 over the same period last year. (menareport.com)
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