articles | 12 May 2016

Alitalia resuming flights to Cyprus after six-year hiatus

Italy’s national airline Alitalia will begin flights to Cyprus after a six-year absence, while Greek company Ellinair has officially arrived in Cyprus aiming to directly connect Europe with Russia.

Alitalia said their new flights between Rome and Larnaca would begin on June 8 2016 with two flights a week.

“The distance between Italy and Cyprus will soon seem a little shorter…The new service represents an important launch pad for the further development of trade and tourism,” the airline said in a statement.

Flights to Larnaca will depart from Rome Fiumicino every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:35pm, arriving at 2:40am (local time) the following day, while Alitalia aircraft will take off from Larnaca on Thursdays and Sundays at 4.50am (local time), arriving in Rome at 7.15am.

The service will be operated with Airbus A320 aircraft featuring two classes of service, business and economy. Alitalia’s MilleMiglia loyalty programme members will be able to earn and redeem miles on these new flights.

The airline cited figures by the Italian Statistics Institute Istatthat showing trade between the two countries, encouraged by common interests in the Mediterranean, continued to grow in 2015, with Italian exports standing at €263 million and imports at €32 million.

“Italy is one of Cyprus’s main trading partners.”

The Rome-Larnaca flights aim to serve as a convenience to passengers that can take connecting flights at Alitalia’s Fiumicino hub to 89 destinations in Italy and Europe, the Middle and Far East, North Africa, Asia and the Americas, including Santiago, Mexico City (from June 16) and Beijing (from July 18).

Tickets for the new flights may be purchased online at, by calling the Alitalia Customer Center on 89.20.10 from Italy (+39.06.65649 from abroad), in travel agencies and at airport ticket offices.

Meanwhile, Ellinair which recently launched its Larnaca-Thessaloniki flight schedule with ticket prices as low as €19 including luggage said a new office opened in Limassol was opening up new jobs for people.

Commercial director Stavros Daliakas said “Cyprus is a new key destination for our network and we hope that it would be soon a base for our fleet with direct flights towards cities from Europe and Russia.”

Part of the Mouzendis Group, which has specialised in travel services for more than 20 years the airline offers additional benefits such as free luggage on every flight. Its flight programme includes 40 destinations in 13 countries.

Ellinair CEO Yiannis Mouzenidis, speaking about the development strategy of the company, said: “we see both our partners in Cyprus and the Cypriot people not only as a major factor in our success, but also as an integral part of it. They are a valuable asset for our future prospects.”

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Source: Cyprus Mail

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