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Cyprus Airways outlines its strategic plan

Cyprus Airways has presented its ambitious growth plans for the coming five years to stakeholders during a press conference entitled ‘Cyprus Airways – The Past & the Future’.

2022 was Cyprus Airways’ year of recovery.

During this year the airline embarked on a ruthless restructuring exercise of its operations, network, pricing and distribution channels.

It was also the year that saw it grow month on month, launch new destinations including to Paris and Rome, expand its capacity by investing in additional aircraft, unveil a new fine-tuned livery, and launch a recruitment drive in view of its expansion plans.

Strategic Plan

The airline’s new strategic plan will see it operate a hybrid business model offering customers a low-cost base but also giving them the choice to build their own travel experience by upgrading their services according to their needs.

Fleet and Network Strategy

Next year Cyprus Airways will operate with four Airbus A320ceo aircraft with a view to switch to the Airbus A320neo by 2025.

Plans are in hand to increase the fleet to six aircraft in 2024, nine aircraft in 2025 and up to 11 aircraft by 2026.

Part of this fleet will be used for ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) operations and charter services that will allow steady revenue flows and contributions to the airline.

Following the recent launch of services to Paris and Rome, Cyprus Airways intends to continue expanding its European network and develop further point-to-point tourism and business traffic whilst also increasing connectivity to Cypriot nationals.

The airline also intends to offer a network with year-round core scheduled services connecting the Island with main cities within a 1.5-hour range that can offer intra-network connectivity to/from Athens, Beirut and Tel Aviv and feeding to main European cities and its seasonal services to various Greek Islands.

The airline’s plans see it operating to 18 destinations next year and up to 30 destinations by 2026.

In other news, the airline also announced its traffic results for November 2022. During this month, the airline operated a total of 239 flights (406% increase over November 2021) and carried a total of 29,820 passengers (1260% increase over November 2021), registering a load factor of 74%, a substantial increase in seat load-factor of 24 p.p over same period last year.

Top Copyright Photo: Cyprus Airways (2nd) Airbus A319-114 5B-DCW (msn 1129) RHO (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 941208.

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Cyprus Airways adds additional capacity over Christmas

Cyprus Airways has added over 6000 additional seats to Athens, Paris and Yerevan to boost its capacity over the coming Christmas period.

The additional services are being offered between December 15 and January 15, 2023.

2023. During this period a third daily flight is being offered on Athens whilst additional flights to Paris Charles De Gaulle have been added on Fridays and Mondays. A third weekly frequency has been added to/from Yerevan.

Top Copyright Photo: Cyprus Airways (2nd) Airbus A319-114 5B-DCW (msn 1129) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942257.

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Cyprus Airways notes positive growth for September 2022

Cyprus Airways announced today its traffic results for September 2022. During this month, the airline operated a total of 267 flights (Sep’21 – 148 flights) and carried a total of 34,868 passengers (Sep’21 – 9,570 passengers), registering a healthy Seat Load Factor (SLF) of 79% (Sep’21 – 50%). A further 108 flights were operated on an ACMI lease on behalf of an operator.

“These results confirm Cyprus Airways’ steady improvement. During Q3 (Jul-Sep ’22) we carried a total of 127,246 passengers and operated over 900 flights, with an average SLF of 79%. We clearly see that the market continues to steadily recover and at this rate we expect that next year we will reach and surpass our 2019 pre-Covid figures. During Q3 our most popular routes were to/from Athens, Beirut, Tel-Aviv and Yerevan and we have also registered a steady and healthy increase in average fares. This augurs well for further investments in our network and aircraft”, said Paul Sies, Chief Executive of the airline.

“We have already added aircraft worth over Eur50 million this year and now we are in a position to add two Airbus A320 aircraft to our fleet and as recently announced we intend to operate our Summer 23 schedule of which 11 destinations with at least 43 weekly scheduled flights are already on sale though our worldwide reservations systems, and several new destinations will be announced soon.

“We plan to continue building on the constant progress registered this year and invest to further strengthen our operation. In this regard we have just launched a recruitment drive for


First Officers, Captains and Cabin Crew members to join our team”, added Capt. Georgiou the airlines COO and accountable manager.

“We are committed to boost tourism demand and facilitate travel to and from the Island. We are proud to be the only airline in Cyprus serving the Cypriot market year-round. We are not an opportunistic carrier offering services only during peak months. As sole Cypriot Carrier we are here to stay working for the benefit of the Cypriot economy and its Tourism industry,” concluded Mr Sies.

Top Copyright Photo: Cyprus Airways (2nd) Airbus A319-114 5B-DCW (msn 1129) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 949944.

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Cyprus Airways expands with new routes with its second Airbus A319

Cyprus Airways (2nd) Airbus A319-114 5B-DCW (msn 1129) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942257.

Cyprus Airways in May took delivery of its second Airbus A319 (5B-DCX) (below). The new aircraft has been integrated directly to the company’s summer flight program.

As a result, Cyprus Airways’ inaugural flights from Larnaca to Verona, Zurich and Prague took place last week.  All three airports welcomed Cyprus Airways Airbus A319 aircraft with the ceremonial water cannon salute. Passengers flying from these airports were welcomed at the gate with an aperitif and a small gift.

Flights from Larnaca to Verona operate every Wednesday and Sunday, to Zurich every Tuesday and Saturday and to Prague every Monday and Friday.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Cyprus Airways): Cyprus Airways (2nd) Airbus A319-114 5B-DCW (msn 1129) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942257.

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The new Cyprus Airways arrives in Athens

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2017

Cyprus Airways (2nd) touched down at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport on March 29. Cyprus Airways first flight to Athens departed from Larnaca at 3:00 in the afternoon and landed in Athens at 4:45 pm.

Athens International Airport welcomed Cyprus Airways aircraft with the ceremonial water cannon salute, followed by the “ribbon cutting” ceremony for the official guests and passengers, at the A5 Gate, symbolizing the air link between the two countries.

Cyprus Airways will connect Larnaca with Athens, initially with 2 flights a week and 4 flights a week from June 1, 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Cyprus Airways): Cyprus Airways (2nd) Airbus A319-114 5B-DCW (msn 1129) RHO (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 941208.

A new Cyprus Airways receives its AOC

Cyprus Airways (2nd) (Larnaca) is a new version of the original flag carrier. The new Cyprus Airways has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC). The company made this short statement on March 14, 2017:

We are delighted to inform you that Cyprus Airways received the Air Operator Certificate! We are very excited to begin flying soon!

The new carrier acquired its first aircraft, the pictured Airbus A319-114 5B-DCW (msn 1129, ex S7 Airlines VP-BTO), in December 2016 and operated a proving flight on March 4, 2017.

The original Cyprus Airways ended all operations on January 9, 2015.

All images by Cyprus Airways.