New record at Cyprus airports
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.