Cyprus Airways has resumed its services to and from a number of Greek destinations, but with health and safety measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and passengers.
Looking ahead to July, the airline plans to expand its schedule for this summer with flights to and from Zurich, Geneva and more.
Chief operations officer, Cyprus Airways, George Mavrocostas explained that the company quickly adjusted to the new status quo, maintaining the highest possible hygiene standards as per recommendations by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and WHO.
He said: “The safety of our passengers and crew, as well as the prevention of further spread of the pandemic, are our key priorities. Some of our measures include the disinfection of the aircraft after each flight, mandatory face masks for anyone on the aircraft over two years old, keeping middle seats empty where possible and limiting the number of passengers in each bus during boarding and disembarkation.
“We believe that it is very important for travellers to be informed beforehand for all the measures before and during our flights, so we invite them to visit our website in order to properly prepare,” he declared.
As well as the launch of commercial services, Cyprus Airways is continuing with repatriation flights on behalf of the Cypriot government. Up until early June 2020, the airline has assisted with the repatriation of over 4,000 Cypriots, with flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including Paris, Amsterdam, Doha, Johannesburg, St. Petersburg, Jeddah, Riyadh, Moscow and more.
Mavrocostas said: “After the closing of the airports in March, we felt that it was our duty to put our aircrafts to good use, helping Cypriots stranded abroad to get back home. This challenging task demanded hard work, time efficiency and coordination between different parties, the government, us, relevant sponsors and embassies in respective countries, to ensure that all repatriates returned safely.
“We are thankful to everyone involved for the great collaboration and of course we are very proud of our staff for handling this with utmost professionalism and humanitarian spirit. We continue our collaboration with the Cypriot government and we are ready and willing to respond quickly and efficiently to any needs that arise,” he concluded.