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The Cyprus Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works announced the completion of the receipt and installation of 80 Border Xpress Kiosks at the Larnaca and Paphos airports.

A total number of 64,547 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad in October of this year, compared to 17,295 in the corresponding month in 2020, recording an increase of 273,2 percent and a decrease of 48,3 percent compared to October 2019.

October of this year records the highest passenger traffic of the year for both Larnaca and Paphos airports.

Specifically, the numbers recorded for both departing and arriving passengers reached to a total of 951,820 passengers (Larnaca Airport: 619,501 - Paphos Airport: 332,319) compared to 867,097 passengers recorded in August 2021 - traditionally considered the peak period of a year. This is a positive outcome, given that since in 2020, travel has been in general standstill due to the pandemic.

An analysis of arrivals shows a significant influx of passengers from Great Britain, even though until July there was uncertainty as to whether the country would open its borders to tourists. In October an increase was observed in passenger occupancy rates compared to August. At the same time and during this period, the trips of Cypriots abroad began to increase due to the long weekends of the month. Great Britain, Russia, Greece, Germany, and Poland were among the top countries from which travellers arrived in Cyprus.

Maria Kouroupi, senior manager aviation development, marketing and communications, Hermes Airports, mentioned that, “Several factors contributed to this encouraging result in October. Primarily, the improvement of the epidemiological picture of Cyprus at the beginning of the month and the transition of our country from the red to the orange category of the ECDC has been an important factor. Even though the period of our stay in this category was short, it helped the image of our country abroad. At the same time, October was a month with two holidays close to the weekend, which acted as an incentive for our compatriots to travel to various destinations. It also seems to confirm the great need of people to travel again, something that can be seen from the report of the European Travel Commission (ETC) which in fact records the high demand for travel in Europe with two out of three Europeans planning to travel in the next six months.”

The redesigned commercial areas at Larnaca Airport provide an improved travel experience to the passengers. Hermes Airports, the operator of Larnaca and Paphos Airports, and its partners Cyprus Airports Duty Free and Cyprus Airports F&B Ltd., created a complete plan for the transformation of the commercial areas with projects worth EUR20 million.

A total number of 96,558 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad in August of this year, compared to 43,792 in the corresponding month of 2020, recording an increase of 120,5 percent and 44,2 percent decrease compared to August 2019.

After 18 challenging months due to the pandemic, and with traffic reaching its lowest point, the last few months demonstrate a substantial recovery which bears hopeful messages for a stable upturn, with the hope that the worst is behind us.