RYANAIR looks set to operate four new flights out of Paphos airport from the end of March, although the low-cost airline is being cagy about making an official comment.
The Paphos regional board of tourism confirmed that as of March 28 four new flights would commence to Dusseldorf Germany, Manchester UK, Charleroi Belgium and Girona in Spain, totaling 40 incoming flights per week.
If these new flights commence, the development will help to boost tourism in Paphos, which has been hard hit by the economic crisis, the tourist board said.
Ryanair declined to comment on whether or not they planned to reinstate flights using Larnaca airport. Robin Kiely, Head of Communications for the budget airline said: “Ryanair does not wish to comment upon, or engage in, rumour or speculation regarding Larnaca or Paphos airports,”
The low-cost carrier terminated flights to Larnaca airport from November 1, 2012 and reduced the number of flights at Paphos airport from 15 to 4.
Ryanair announced last year that Larnaca flights were cancelled until spring of 2013. The announcement came after lengthy negotiations with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) failed to have the flights continue throughout the winter period November-March. The airline also cited high fuel costs.
Ryanair was quick to point out however that Cyprus was an important destination for the airline and had proved to be a successful venture so far.
Kiely said: “Ryanair has carried almost 650,000 passengers to and from Cyprus, which has sustained 650 jobs, underlining Ryanair’s commitment to Cyprus tourism.”
The airline currently has two aircrafts based at Paphos airport.
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