The 299 passengers on the transatlantic Air Canada flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv in Israel that was diverted to Paphos airport on Sunday after hitting a storm departed from Cyprus to their final destination, at 3.40pm on Monday with another aircraft flown in especially from Toronto, Hermes Airports spokesman Adamos Aspris said.
The Air Canada aircraft made an emergency landing at Paphos airport on Sunday, after it was informed by the Tel Aviv control tower of extreme weather conditions.
The captain of the aircraft as a precaution decided to divert the flight and land at the Paphos airport, and after landing, it was found to have possibly been hit by lightning.
The passengers were transferred to a hotel in Paphos.
State broadcaster CyBC reported that neither the crew nor passengers reported noticing a lightning strike.
Technical checks are still underway on the initial aircraft, which is expected to fly back to Canada without passengers as soon as it is given the green light from engineers.