20 February 2014 07:40

PAPHOS - The Ministry of Communications is actively working to extend Cyprus’ Open Skies policy and add new flight routes from Larnaca and Paphos.
Speaking to the media from Paphos Airport on Tuesday, Minister of Communications Tasos Mitsopoulos confirmed that Cyprus is fully prepared to welcome new flights to and from the island.
“The Ministry has achieved the liberalisation of chartered flights from the Russian market and has also had positive developments elsewhere.”
According to Mitsopoulos, the ministry’s other Open Skies policy with the Ukraine is also proving successful.
“This is a very positive development with flights from the Ukraine to Cyprus increasing constantly,” said Mitsopoulos who added that the government is constantly trying to establish Open Skies agreements with other countries.
According to the minister when an Open Skies policy is agreed both of Cyprus’ airports are automatically included in the deal.
“There are no exceptions. What applies for one airport also applies for the other.”
The minister congratulated staff at Paphos Airport whom he said continue to do excellent work.
“Paphos Airport is a lifeline for Cyprus’ tourism industry which we value greatly.”
He added that the ministry is going to great efforts to increase flights from the two airports to countries abroad in order to increase flights during peak and off seasons.
Open Skies is an international policy concept that calls for the liberalisation of the rules and regulations of the international aviation industry, especially commercial aviation, in order to create a free-market environment for the airline industry.
Suggestions were made in Parliament recently for Cyprus to open more consulates and embassies around the world in order to generate interest from tourists.


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