It is with great pleasure that Hermes Airports and AEGEAN AIR announce the launch of new flights from Larnaka to London and Paris. AEGEAN has upgraded its presence in Cyprus to coincide with the start of the summer program, turning Larnaka International Airport into a base for three of its Airbus A320s.
Since 27 March 2011, AEGEAN AIR has been connecting Larnaka to London Heathrow Airport (Terminal 4) with one daily flight. The aircraft departs from Larnaka International Airport at 8:15 am and returns from London Heathrow Airport (Terminal 4) at 12:15 (local time).
Additionally, from 09 June 2011, AEGEAN AIR will launch direct flights from Larnaka to Paris, one of the largest cultural and business centers of Europe. Flights to Paris will run 3 times a week, every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The aircraft will depart from Larnaka at 15:45 and return from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris (Terminal 1) at 20:15. The flights will be operated with a brand new AIRBUS A320 with 168 seats, a cabin designed to cater for Economy and Business Class passengers, with an in-flight entertainment system including movies and a choice of music through 6 channels.
At the same time, in its aim to strengthen connections between Cyprus and Greece, AEGEAN AIR will cover six new destinations in Greece with direct flights from Larnaka to Heraklion, Rhodes, Mykonos, Chania, Kos and Santorini. It will also add an additional flight to Thessaloniki, increasing frequency from three to four flights a week.
Overall, with its new summer program, AEGEAN AIR will offer direct flights from Larnaka to London and Paris and another eight destinations in Greece.
Vice Chairman of AEGEAN, Mr. Eftychios Vassilakis said in a statement: “We considered that our presence in Cyprus had matured enough to offer not only direct flights to eight destinations in Greece but for the first time to two major European destinations, London and Paris. Our decision to establish a base in Cyprus was reached mainly because of the improved facilities and quality of operations at the airport following the creation of the new Larnaka airport, which has now been operating for one and a half years”. At the same time, Mr. Vassilakis stressed AEGEAN’s interest in exploring, through cooperation with local authorities, the possibility of adding other destinations in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and said: “Our goal is to serve Cyprus with dedication to quality which we believe characterizes our company, in order to cover the needs of the island and contribute to an increase in tourism”.
On his part, the CEO of Hermes Airports, Mr. Alfred van der Meer welcomed the start of flights by AEGEAN from Larnaka to London and Paris. He noted that this development is not just the start of flights to two new destinations. It is another link that further strengthens the presence of a Greek airline in Cyprus and brings Cypriot passengers even closer to AEGEAN. “I am sure”, he concluded “that both the Cypriot and foreign passengers will welcome the new flights offered by AEGEAN to and from Cyprus”.
May 2011 marks the seventh year of operations by AEGEAN in Cyprus, which started with flights from Athens and Thessaloniki. During these 7 years 2.5 million passengers have been transported to and from Larnaka airport, and in 2010 alone there were 3,400 scheduled flights. A total of 4,800 flights are scheduled for 2011, which represents a 41% increase on 2010, while available seats will reach 900,000, a figure 40% higher compared to 2010.