Qatar Airways carried out its first flight to Larnaca yesterday, making Cyprus its 138th destination.
The first flight was dedicated to Tasos Mitsopoulos, who had served as Communications Minister and played a pivotal role in creating the agreement with Qatar Airlines. Qatar Airways will fly four times a week to Larnaca. Flights will be operated by an Airbus A320 every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays, all departing from Larnaca at 2.10 pm and from Doha at 8.10 am.
The first flight was welcomed with a water arch salute from the Fire Service. During a special ceremony, Chief Commercial Officer of Qatar Airways Marwan Koleilat said "Cyprus is a fantastic destination and Qatar Airways is very happy to fly to Larnaca".
He expressed hope the new route will become popular among business people and tourists, broadening bilateral relations and opening new prospects for mutual benefits.
"We dedicate this first flight to Tasos Mitsopoulos who with hard work and persistent efforts made this strategic cooperation possible," he added.
Chief Executive Officer of Hermes Airports, Wes Porter said the arrival of the Qatar Airways flight was a significant milestone not only for Hermes Airports but also for the Republic of Cyprus.
This new route, he added, will promote and support tourist development between Cyprus and Qatar and improve Cyprus' connectivity with Asia.
The launch of regular flights to Qatar also offers more opportunities for travellers through connections to other airports as Qatar Airways has one of the largest networks in the world and offers five-star services to its passengers.
"Passengers but also business people in both countries can benefit from regular flights offered but also from the many other routes available from Doha," said an LGS Handling statement.