Cyprus Air­ways gets int’l safety au­dit reg­is­tra­tion

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - CYPRUS -

Cyprus Air­ways said it has suc­cess­fully passed the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) Op­er­a­tional Safety Au­dit (IOSA), one of the high­est stan­dards in the world for air­line op­er­a­tional safety.

“We are im­mensely proud that Cyprus Air­ways achieved IOSA Reg­is­tra­tion, af­ter one year of op­er­a­tion. Safety has al­ways been and will con­tinue to be our top pri­or­ity. Our achieve­ment re­flects Cyprus Air­ways’ con­tin­u­ous com­mit­ment in adopt­ing in­dus­try-lead­ing safety prac­tices,” said Ge­orge Mavro­costas, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer of Cyprus Air­ways.

Cyprus Air­ways launched flights in 2017 and now con­nects Cyprus with ten destinations in Europe, Rus­sia and the Mid­dle East.

The IATA Op­er­a­tional Safety Au­dit (IOSA) pro­gramme is an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised and ac­cepted eval­u­a­tion sys­tem de­signed to as­sess the op­er­a­tional man­age­ment and con­trol sys­tems of an air­line.

In July 2016, Char­lie Airlines Ltd, a Cyprus reg­is­tered com­pany, won a ten­der for the right to use the trade­mark – pay­ing EUR 2.04 mln - of then de­funct Cyprus Air­ways for a decade.

Char­lie Airlines is a con­sor­tium of lo­cal in­vestors that hold a 60% share and Rus­sia’s S7 Airlines holds 40% as a joint-ven­ture.

The com­pany launched flights in June 2017 to four destinations af­ter the for­merly state-run car­rier had been shut down in 2015 due to bank­ruptcy.

Cyprus Air­ways flies out of Lar­naca Air­port with two Air­bus A319 air­craft with a ca­pac­ity of 144 econ­omy class seats.

The com­pany states its long-term goal as con­tribut­ing to the in­crease of tourism in Cyprus, while at the same time broad­en­ing the hori­zon for lo­cal trav­ellers.

Cyprus Air­ways cur­rently flies to Athens, Cha­nia, Verona, Prague, Zurich, Mu­nich, Stuttgart, Saint Pe­ters­burg, Tel Aviv and Beirut.

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