Sunday, 4 June 2017

Cyprus Airways launches sales to Tel Aviv and St.Petersburg

Cyprus Airways announces the launch of air ticket sale for flights from/to Larnaca International Airport to/from Tel Aviv and St. Petersburg.

Direct flights to St. Petersburg will begin on June 1st and will be offered three times a week.

For this destination, Cyprus Airways also offers the option to fly through Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow, via an interline agreement with S7 Airlines. The Larnaca — Tel Aviv route will be operated three times a week starting June 4th.

Cyprus Airways tickets are offered in two categories of fares, Basic and Flex, with variations in features and additional services, such as baggage allowance, seat selection, changes etc.

Cyprus Airways will operate its Airbus A319 aircraft, offering 144 Economy seats.

In Autumn, the airline will announce a revised and extended flight schedule to be implemented in March 2018, with the arrival of a second aircraft of the same type. The airline is currently looking into adding more aircraft by the end of 2018.

A water arch welcomed Cyprus Airways’ inaugural flight on Friday, which returned from St. Petersburg to Larnaca airport.

“Today marks a significant milestone for the local aviation sector and the country as a whole,” George Mavrocostas, Chief Operations Officer said. “We are extremely happy that Cyprus Airways is flying, and we would like to thank travellers for their great support.”

For the second phase of its launch, in the next few months Cyprus Airways will announce a revised and extended flight schedule to be implemented in March 2018.

Cyprus Airways will be based at Larnaca airport and its launch will be implemented in two phases: phase one started this month with five destinations, and phase two in March 2018 with an extended flights schedule that will be announced in Autumn 2017.

Maria Kouroupi, Senior Manager Marketing and Communications of Hermes Airports said: “We welcome the launch of flights by Cyprus Airways and the first flight from Saint Petersburg. We look forward to working closely with the airline and we support all efforts for the expansion and development of the connectivity of the country.”

Cyprus Airways (CY, Larnaca) has commenced operations following its inaugural scheduled passenger flight on Thursday, June 1, between its Larnaca base and St. Petersburg, Russia. Services to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion in Israel, and Rhodes and Heraklion in Greece are expected to launch through month-end.

Though operations are currently on-board a single A319-100, leased from Miramonte, more aircraft are expected to be inducted as more destinations are added.

Charlie Airlines, the carrier's legal name, is a 40/60 joint-venture between Russia's S7 Group and a consortium of Cypriot investors. It acquired the right to the Cyprus Airways brand in July last year.

As it stands, Cyprus now has three active commercial airlines that, aside from Cyprus Airways, include Cobalt (CO, Larnaca) and Tus Airways (U8, Larnaca). The last of the start-ups - Orion Airways (FOH, Larnaca) - is currently in the process of securing its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) followed by an Air Services Licence (ASL).