Cyprus Airways May passengers quadruple

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Cyprus Airways said its May passenger results increased more than four times from 2022, carrying 66,998 passengers up from 14,735.

During May, the Cypriot flag carrier operated 370 scheduled flights (May’22: 214), improving its load factor by 14%.

Compared to May 2019, before the start of the pandemic, Cyprus Airways carried 55% more passengers on its scheduled services and operated 38% more flights.

Including ACMI and charter traffic, the airline doubled its passengers over May 2019 (31,509).

“In a few days, we will have all our 18 destinations for summer 2023 operational.

“As we add more destinations and frequencies and improve our network, we continue to grow monthly.

“Over the last few weeks, we have expanded our connectivity with multiple weekly frequencies to the European hubs of Zurich, Prague, Basel and Milan and the international gateways of Dubai and Cairo.

“Our model of adding routes, frequencies and improving connectivity is bearing fruit as we are now the 3rd largest carrier in Cyprus for the past 10 months,” said Paul Sies, Chief Executive of Cyprus Airways.

“Despite aggressive and, at times, pointless competition on several of our routes, we are in a strong position to achieve further passenger growth and continue assisting the tourism sector by improving Cyprus’ international connectivity.

“With new, more environmentally friendly aircraft soon joining our fleet, coupled with the strengthening of our network with new airline partnerships, we will leave no stone unturned to continue in our efforts to welcome more tourists to the island whilst serving the Cypriot community and its tourism industry, all year round,” added Mr Sies.

“We are looking forward to the coming summer months, during which we will welcome new additions to our fleet that will drive forward our environmental sustainability agenda with greener aircraft models and a totally new passenger experience.

“The new aircraft models will deliver a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions and a new customer comfort standard”.

The airline operates two Airbus A320 aircraft on an eighteen-scheduled destination network.

Winter destinations include Athens, Beirut, Tel Aviv, Yerevan, Paris, Rome, Dubai, Milan-Bergamo, Prague and Zurich.

Summer destinations include Basel, Santorini, Skiathos, Rhodes, Heraklion and Cairo.