More specifically, 315,830 passengers travelled to and from Larnaca Airport, recording a 114 percent increase in comparison with 2022 and a five percent increase in comparison to 2019. Concurrently, 138,778 passengers traveled to and from Paphos Airport, recording a 58 percent increase in comparison to 2022 and 26 percent in comparison to 2019.
The top markets were Greece, the UK, Israel, Poland and Germany, corresponding to approximately 70 percent of the total passenger traffic, with a nearly 80 percent load factor. Moreover, in comparison to February 2019, this February, 11 new destinations were introduced such as Paris, Prague, Rome, Marseilles etc. replacing the loss of the markets of Russia and Ukraine due to the war.
Maria Kouroupi, senior manager aviation development and communication, Hermes Airports, stated, “Our country’s connectivity is the driving force of Cyprus’ tourism industry. We are proud that the efforts made during the previous years have borne fruit, whilst the very positive results of February, reaffirm the people’s desire to travel as well as the fact that Cyprus is gradually winning odds on becoming a year-round destination. We are confident that this upward trend will continue in the months to come, and it will expedite the recovery of the tourism industry”.