Hungarian airline Wizz Air just announced at a press conference at Larnaca airport in the presence of Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos and Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios that it has made Cyprus its 28th permanent base.
“We are here to stay,” the airline’s head told reporters. Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said this is an important development for the country’s current attempt to shore up the tourism sector, while Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios noted that the development presents the prospect of 300,000 additional tourists being flown to Cyprus all year round as the carrier also performs flights in the winter months.
Hermes Airports took to Twitter this morning to announce the news:
“Today we announce the 28th base of Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, at Larnaka Airport with two A320 aircraft connecting Cyprus with 11 destinations!”
Wizz Air will start regular flights from Cyprus on July 1 to the following 11 destinations in 7 countries with 37 flights a week (to be introduced gradually): Athens, Thessaloniki, Copenhagen, Billund, Karlsruhe/Baden, Salzburg, Suceava, Wroclaw, Dortmund, Memmingen, Turku.
The announcements come shortly after Cyprus Airways said it will resume flights on June 9, first to Athens and to seven additional destinations in July.