Cyprus Airways announces that its planned new weekly flight operation from Larnaka to Moscow (Domodedovo airport) which was scheduled to start end of November 2020, is not available for sale on the sector Larnaka-Moscow. This is due to Russian Authorities’ recent actions, arbitrarily limiting or completely prohibiting Cyprus Airways to carry passengers to the Russian Federation.
George Mavrocostas, Chief Operations Officer of Cyprus Airways stated that “We are extremely disappointed with the discrimination and unfair treatment of the Russian authorities against Cyprus Airways, taking into consideration that two Russian air carriers recently started operations on the route Moscow-Larnaka-Moscow without having similar restrictions by the Russian authorities. This violates the principle of equal treatment underlining the bilateral air services agreement between the Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation”.
The company is relying on the Cyprus Government’s assistance to protect fair and equal opportunities to the air carriers of each side, hoping that the current obstacles in the air traffic between the two countries will soon be resolved to the mutual benefit of Russian and Cypriot air carriers.
Once the issue is clarified, the company will officially announce the reopening of sales for the sector Larnaca – Moscow. Flights from Moscow to Larnaca operate normally and are available for sale on cyprusairways.com.
Citizens of 52 countries will be able to visit Russia with an electronic visa starting January 1, 2021.
Cyprus Airways operates flights to Europe and the Middle East. All Cyprus Airways flights operate on Airbus A319 aircraft with a capacity of 144 Economy Class seats.
In July 2018, Cyprus Airways 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. In October 2018, the company became a member of International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The company’s long-term goal is to contribute to the increase of tourism in Cyprus, while at the same time to broaden the horizon for local travelers.