By Bejay Bronwe
LOW cost carrier Ryanair has added seven new destinations to its winter programme, a move welcomed by local tourist officials.
Ryanair’s new winter schedule means Paphos will see 24 incoming flights a week from 11 different airports.
“This is great news for Paphos and we are very happy to have Ryanair with a more enriched winter schedule for Paphos,” manager of the Paphos regional board of tourism Nassos Hadjigeorgiou said.
The winter timetable will operate from the end of October until the end of March 2014.
“We are especially pleased with flight connections between Paphos – Norway, Sweden, Brussels, Germany and the UK; these were a top priority for us,” Hadjigeorgiou added.
He said the entire deal is the result of strong government support, especially from the ministry of tourism and airport operator, Hermes. “Obviously, we have been very supportive of the process and will undertake joint promotion and advertising campaigns with Ryanair in the near future,” he said.
The development will help to extend the Paphos tourist season and supports initiatives to try to attract holidaymakers to other businesses such as restaurants and shops, said Hajigeorgiou.
“The focus of the Paphos regional board of tourism, hoteliers and local authorities has been to bring back winter operations which were very popular in Paphos until 2004,” he added.
The Ryanair winter schedule for Paphos includes the following routes: Norway Oslo-Rygge, Sweden-Skavsta Stockholm, Germany-Dusseldorf and Lithuania Kaunas – will all be served by one weekly flight.
Italy’s-Bergamo Milan will have two flights a week, along with Ciampino Rome, Belgium-Charleroi and Manchester. Chania is scheduled to have three flights a week and the new flight programme includes four flights a week from Stansted, and Thessaloniki in Greece will benefit form five flights a week.
The budget airline has two aircraft based at Paphos International Airport.
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