In June the Cypriot flag carrier operated 478 scheduled flights (June 2022: 280 flights) and improved its load factor by three percent. Compared to June 2019 (the most important benchmark), before the start of the pandemic, Cyprus Airways carried 44 percent more passengers on its scheduled services and operated 34 percent more flights.
With the June results now confirmed, the airline is in a position to announce its half yearly figures. During this period Cyprus Airways carried 260,000 (scheduled and charter) passengers. Compared with the 64,000 passengers carried during the corresponding period last year, Cyprus Airways grew its business by more than 300 percent. Through the period January to June 2019 (pre-pandemic), Cyprus Airways carried 403,447passengers.
“We are now in peak summer and all our 18 destinations for this summer are operational. With over 60 weekly flights to a variety of destinations, we have made sure to offer a great summer schedule for our customers,” said Paul Sies, CEO, Cyprus Airways. The congested airports and airways are themselves challenging. Furthermore, the use of wet leased capacity from 3rd party airline Nordica, helped us to increase our number of flights, however, this has not always delivered the punctuality we are used to of our own fleet. We apologise to anyone that has been touched or experienced such a delay.”
Sies added, “Over the last couple of months we have worked tirelessly on a project to upgrade and renew our aircraft fleet. We are now days away from welcoming the advanced Airbus A220 aircraft in our fleet. This will undoubtedly help us to offer a superior onboard travel experience to our passengers whilst improving our operational efficiency and environmental sustainability efforts. With our new aircraft coming on-line we will have more opportunities to absorb delays and deliver a better service to our guests.”
The Airbus A220 boasts of a large and quiet cabin offering the widest economy seats and largest overhead stowage in its class. It also enjoys an impressive fuel efficiency with a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn per seat and a 50 percent less noise footprint than the previous generation of aircraft. The aircraft also has around 40 percent less NOx emissions than industry standards.