Cyprus Airways Makes a Comeback: Passenger Numbers Skyrocket by Over 500% in April

NICOSIA – Capitalizing on a significant influx of tourists, the national flag carrier Cyprus Airways reported a substantial surge in passenger numbers for April, exceeding fivefold compared to the same month in 2022, when the COVID-19 pandemic had a firm grip.

The airline announced that it transported 60,237 passengers, a remarkable increase of over 500%, compared to 11,556 passengers during the same period last year. This surge in travel came as the government eased health restrictions and facilitated a greater volume of air traffic, as highlighted by The Cyprus Mail.

A statement further revealed that the airline’s scheduled services transported 48,237 passengers, while an additional 12,000 passengers were carried on charter and ACMI services in collaboration with other airlines.

According to the newspaper, Cyprus Airways witnessed a significant increase in passenger numbers on its scheduled services, recording a 59% growth compared to 2019, the year preceding the pandemic. Additionally, the airline operated 45% more flights during this period.

Chief Financial Officer of Cyprus Airways, Natalya Milovanova, highlighted the strategic importance of adding Dubai and Cairo to their flight routes in April, contributing to the enhancement of Cyprus’ international connectivity. Milovanova emphasized that this expansion had contributed to continued growth, surpassing the performance of both last year and 2019, resulting in month-on-month passenger growth.

She further outlined the airline’s plans for May, which include expanding connectivity with multiple weekly flights to European hubs such as Zurich, Prague, and Basel, while Milan will be served starting from June 1.

Milovanova emphasized that as the third largest airline in Cyprus, following Aegean Airlines and Wizz Air, Cyprus Airways plays a vital role in attracting inbound tourists and business passengers, ultimately boosting the local economy.

Cyprus Airways CEO, Paul Sies, stated, “With a dedicated team, an extensive network, frequent flights, and the addition of two new-generation aircraft to our fleet, Cyprus Airways is committed to providing the best value as a carrier to and from the island.”

However, the surge in demand caught the airline off guard, and Sies apologized for the overwhelming number of booking requests received in April, attributing it to inadequate staffing. He also mentioned that the company has made additional hires to address this issue.

According to the Cyprus Statistical Service, tourism revenue in February witnessed a significant increase of 42.9%, compared to the previous year, as the pandemic gradually recedes from people’s minds, although it still remains a present concern.


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