Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in central and Eastern Europe on Thursday announced two new routes to Belgrade and Kiev from Larnaca from April 2014, expected to bring its capacity for Cyprus to 250,000 seats for next year.
The new destinations are part of the airline's long term development plan for Cyprus which includes the route to Donetsk (the second largest airport in Ukraine) that was announced earlier.
They will be operated on one of the airline's new Airbus A320 aircraft from summer 2014.
With the additional new routes, Wizz Air's network from Larnaca will grow to a total of six destinations (including the existing routes to Sofia, Budapest and Bucharest) to five different countries.
The airline believes this will stimulate the local job market in aviation and tourism as consumers will have access to more low-cost routes.
Seats on the new Larnaca routes are already on sale for €24.99 (one way including taxes) and can be booked on wizzair.com.
The Belgrade route will fly twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays from May 1, the Kiev route also twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays from March 30, and the Donestsk route on Wednesdays and Sunday from March 30.
Speaking to reporters, Wizz Air's corporate spokesman Daniel de Carvalho said:
"At Wizz Air, we are committed to delivering low fares on routes that are attractive for our customers. This commitment is today underlined by the launch of two new exciting routes connecting Cyprus with Serbia and Ukraine."
"We look forward to carry many Cypriots to the historic cities of Kiev and Belgrade as well as to Donetsk while Serbian and Ukrainian travellers can visit beautiful Cyprus on our very low fares," he added.
Carvalho was optimistic that it would be "very convenient" to book a long weekend away or a long holiday on WizzAir since the airline offers low prices and twice weekly flights on both of its new routes to Cyprus.
Hungary's Wizz Air carried 70,000 passengers to Cyprus in 2013 and over 130,000 during its presence on the island for almost two years.
"The markets we fly from already have an interest in Mediterranean destinations. We are the biggest low-cost carrier for these destinations and we believe Cyprus as a popular Mediterranean destination will make it easy to fill our seats," Carvalho told The Cyprus Daily.
Hermes CEO Wes Porter said: "We welcome the decision of the airline to grow its presence to Cyprus, a development that will contribute to the economic welfare of the island. We look forward to a beautiful cooperation and further growth in the year to come."
Headquartered in Switzerland, Wizz Air operates a fleet of 45 Airbus A320 aircraft and offers more than 280 routes from 19 bases, connecting 90 destinations across 35 countries. It is the only European low-cost airline flying to Dubai.