By Bejay Browne
Aegean airlines has announced Paphos-Athens flights for the first time, starting next year.
Head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, Nassos Hadjigeorgiou, welcomed the announcement, saying it could only mean good news for Paphos.
“This move is the outcome of many efforts, including Aegean’s, which recognised a business opportunity using Paphos airport,” he said.
According to Hadjigeorgiou, the flights will commence in April 2014.
“Initially the airline will operate two flights a week – this number will increase during the summer season.”
The tourism chief said that the operation would help to contribute towards new job opportunities and help to extend the tourist season.
“Aegean’s presence will also help the image of Paphos as well as that of the airport,” he said.
In addition, Hadjigeorgiou said that the new flights to and from Paphos would provide an opportunity for third countries to use Athens airport as a connection to Cyprus.
“This will be of particular benefit to travelers from tourist markets such as Germany and central Europe,” he said.
The local tourist head said that the announcement comes at a critical time for the town.
“We welcome Aegean to Paphos and collective efforts will ensure they experience a successful presence here. We also continue to strive to achieve our goals for penetration into new destinations, increase numbers of arrivals and further upgrade of Paphos airport- and the aim of significant year-round activity,” he said.