Cyprus Air­ways in Qatar Air­ways deal, Blue Air code share

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - CYPRUS -

Lar­naca-based Cyprus Air­ways has an­nounced a part­ner­ship with Qatar Air­ways, the na­tional car­rier of the State of Qatar.

The agree­ment, which came into ef­fect in Novem­ber, will en­able Qatar Air­ways’ pas­sen­gers to travel from Doha to any Cyprus Air­ways des­ti­na­tion via Lar­naca.

Sim­i­larly, Cyprus Air­ways’ pas­sen­gers will be able to con­tinue their jour­ney from Lar­naca to Doha and be­yond, to more than 150 des­ti­na­tions, across six con­ti­nents, with Qatar Air­ways flights.

“We are very ex­cited about this agree­ment. Our part­ner­ship with Qatar Air­ways is a pil­lar of Cyprus Air­ways strat­egy to diver­sify ser­vices with the aim of of­fer­ing our pas­sen­gers more travel op­por­tu­ni­ties and to es­tab­lish Cyprus as a hub,” said Natalia Popova, Chief Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer of Cyprus Air­ways.

Qatar Air­ways Group Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Ak­bar Al Baker said: “As one of our key gate­ways to the East­ern Mediter­ranean is­lands, Lar­naca is a sig­nif­i­cant part of the Qatar Air­ways net­work.”

“We are de­lighted to part­ner with Cyprus Air­ways to pro­vide a greater choice of travel op­por­tu­ni­ties to pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling through Doha and Lar­naca.” This lat­est agree­ment by the Cypriot-based air­line fol­lows a code­share deal with Ro­ma­nia’s Blue Air for pop­u­lar flights to Lon­don and Greece.

From 3 De­cem­ber, Cyprus Air­ways’ cus­tomers

will be able to fly from Lar­naca to Lon­don Lu­ton, Athens, Thes­sa­loniki and Bucharest through a code­share agree­ment with Blue Air.

The agree­ment will al­low Cyprus Air­ways to sell tick­ets un­der its own flight code be­tween Lar­naca and the above Blue Air op­er­ated des­ti­na­tions.

Sim­i­larly, Blue Air will place its flight code on Cyprus Air­ways flights to Athens, Thes­sa­loniki, Prague, Tel Aviv and Beirut. Other routes may be added in fu­ture.

With this code-share agree­ment, cus­tomers of the two air­lines’ will have the pos­si­bil­ity to use more travel op­tions and op­ti­mised flight sched­ules. Cyprus Air­ways re­cently be­came a full mem­ber of IATA. “Mem­ber­ship en­ables the com­pany to col­lab­o­rate with other in­ter­na­tional mem­ber air­lines for code­share and in­ter­line agree­ments and pro­vide a seam­less travel ex­pe­ri­ence through an ex­tended global net­work to trav­ellers to and from Cyprus,” said Popova.

In July 2016, Char­lie Air­lines Ltd, a Cyprus reg­is­tered com­pany, won a ten­der com­pe­ti­tion for the right to use the trade­mark Cyprus Air­ways for a decade.

The com­pany launched flights in June 2017.

Cyprus Air­ways op­er­ates flights to Europe, Rus­sia and Mid­dle East. All Cyprus Air­ways flights op­er­ate on modern Air­bus A319 air­craft with a ca­pac­ity of 144 Econ­omy Class seats.

A mul­ti­ple award-win­ning air­line, Qatar Air­ways was named ‘World’s Best Busi­ness Class’ by the 2018 World Air­line Awards, man­aged by in­ter­na­tional air trans­port rat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion Sky­trax.

It was also named ‘Best Busi­ness Class Seat,’ ‘Best Air­line in the Mid­dle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Air­line Lounge.’

Qatar Air­ways was the first Gulf car­rier to join global air­line al­liance, oneworld, en­abling its pas­sen­gers to ben­e­fit from more than 1,000 air­ports in more than 150 coun­tries, with 14,250 daily de­par­tures.

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