Monarch clo­sure to af­fect 15,000 tourists

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Tourism Min­is­ter Yior­gos Lakkotrypis said that the clo­sure of Monarch Air­lines will af­fect 15,000 tourists who were to visit Cyprus be­tween now and the end of this year, but said that the ma­jor­ity will be able to ar­range their trip to the is­land with other air­lines.

Around 3,900 pas­sen­gers of Monarch Air­lines are stranded in Cyprus at the mo­ment, of whom 280 are pack­age hol­i­days and the rest are seat-only sales.

The air­line has ar­ranged for their re­turn with other air­lines on the day they were sup­posed to de­part with Monarch.

An­nounc­ing losses of GBP 300 mln for last year, Cyprus could lose some 100,000 ticket sales, but travel com­pa­nies are hope­ful that other air­lines will pick up this traf­fic.

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