09 December 2013 15:19

Representatives from Paphos' tourism sector have met urgently amid reports the town's airport may be excluded from the open skies agreement with Russia.
They say that such a development will have extremely unfavourable repercussions for the town. There are fears also that arrivals to Paphos from Russia scheduled for December 27 may be cancelled.
Themis Philippides, president of the Paphos branch of the Cyprus Hotels Association, said that based on information from the chairman of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, there appeared to be problems with extending the summer schedule to Paphos airport.
"This development has caused concern in Paphos district and we have therefore contacted Communications Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos who has promised to look into the issue soon," Philippides said.
"The open skies agreement that was officially announced by the two governments must be clarified so as to avoid problems that will result from a negative development," he added.
The chairman of the House Communications Committee, Diko MP Antonis Antoniou said exclusion of Paphos from the open skies would lead to an immediate reaction. He pledged to raise the issue with the Communications Minister, adding that flights would not only help tourism but the economy more generally.


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