Celebrating a successful 2016, Hermes Airports witnessed a significant increase in the number of passengers processed through Larnaca and Paphos airports throughout the year.
According to Hermes Airports’ official data for 2016, the entrance of new airlines and the introduction of new routes has further boosted Cyprus’ travel network.
A total of almost 9,000,000 passengers travelled though the airports in 2016, 1,370,000 more than in 2015, marking an 18 per cent increase. A 24.5 per cent rise was recorded at Larnaca airport and a 2.6 per cent at Paphos airport.
The Hermes Airports’ data indicates Russia, the UK and Greece as key markets visiting the island.
Newly inaugurated airlines, such as Cobalt Air, Pobeda, TUS Airways, Ellinair, Air Berlin, Azur Air, Yan Air, Wind Rose and Alitalia, carried approximately 428,000 passengers, while existing routes welcomed an additional 919,000 passengers.
CEO, Hermes Airports, Eleni Kaloyirou explained that the results have a direct positive impact on Cyprus’ economy and tourism.
She added: “The coordinated efforts by Hermes, as well as other tourism stakeholders, must continue to intensify.”
The upward trend is expected to continue throughout 2017.