New record at Cyprus air­ports

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Lar­naca and Paphos air­ports op­er­a­tor Her­mes Air­ports an­nounced a new record for pas­sen­ger traf­fic de­spite the neg­a­tive start to the year, the clo­sure of Cyprus Air­ways and the col­lapse of pri­mary Rus­sian car­rier Transaero.

Ac­cord­ing to Her­mes, through­out 2015, a to­tal of 7,608,655 pas­sen­gers passed through the two air­ports, an in­crease of 3.6% from the pre­vi­ous year’s 7,345,214 pas­sen­gers. Ap­prox­i­mately 5.3 mln pas­sen­gers passed through Lar­naca, up 1.6%, while an in­crease of 8.6% in pas­sen­ger traf­fic was recorded at Paphos air­port with about 2.2 mln pas­sen­gers.

Her­mes said that in 2015 Cyprus air­ports had to over­come two ma­jor chal­lenges, namely the clo­sure of Cyprus Air­ways and a re­duc­tion of the ex­pected ar­rivals from Rus­sia, both tak­ing out of the mar­ket 1.5 mln seats. The re­cov­ery on both fronts has been ex­cep­tional through the re­place­ment of Cyprus Air­ways routes by other air­lines, as well as sig­nif­i­cant growth in mar­kets such as the UK (+5%), Greece (+16%), Is­rael (+36.1%), Ger­many (+16.2%), Aus­tria (+15.6%), Ukraine (+30.8%) and Poland (+34.2%). In ad­di­tion, new air­lines and routes have been in­tro­duced, en­rich­ing the Cyprus air­ports’ net­work.

“Ap­ply­ing an ef­fec­tive strat­egy, Her­mes has man­aged to sur­pass the ini­tial ad­verse con­di­tions. We are happy with th­ese re­sults, how­ever we be­lieve that the po­ten­tial is much higher par­tic­u­larly with re­gards the tourism ar­rivals on the is­land and the fur­ther in­crease of the pas­sen­ger traf­fic,” Wes Porter, CEO of Her­mes Air­ports, said.

Cur­rently over 70 air­lines op­er­ate to Lar­naca and Paphos air­ports to more than 110 des­ti­na­tions in 40 coun­tries. Her­mes said it is in­tro­duc­ing ser­vices like elec­tronic board­ing pass read­ers, ex­press lane and on­line park­ing through its web­site.

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