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Airport re-opens, passengers frustrated over delays (Update 2)

By Andria Kades at Larnaca airport

Hermes airports announced on Tuesday afternoon that Larnaca airport had re-opened after the hijacking closed the facility to flights for around seven hours.

A flight from Russia was first to land a short time ago.

Low-cost easyJet said in an announcement that its flight EZY4727 from Berlin Schonefeld was diverted to Paphos and all passengers were provided with onward transportation to Larnaca. easyJet’s flight from Larnaca to Berlin was delayed overnight and all passengers will be provided with hotel accommodation.

“easyJet plans to operate its flights from London Gatwick, Liverpool and Basel today,” the airline said. “We recommend any passengers due to travel to or from Larnaca to check Flight tracker on easyJet.com for the latest information.”

Hermes said that during the incident, eight flights were diverted to Paphos, two were diverted to other airports outside Cyprus and four were cancelled.

Dozens of flights were delayed, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded as they waited for more information.

“Following a decision by the relevant government authorities, the operations of Larnaca International Airport have been temporarily suspended,” said an early  statement from Hermes airport.

One passenger, Louis Loizou in his early 60s was set to fly to Berlin in the morning. However the delays meant he missed his medical appointment.

Maria Kallas scheduled for the same flight said “it’s a series of things I’m missing. I had prepaid train tickets that I’ll now miss. I’m going to be stranded now.”

One woman who wished to remain unnamed set to fly to Thessaloniki was incredibly frustrated. “Honestly this happened over a woman? I’m going to jab her eyes out.”

Nevertheless while security was definitely visible at the airport with armed police and army offices in and out of the premises, passengers were relatively calm.

Demetra Vasilopoulou said. “I would like to sit down somewhere because my back hurts but it’s ok what can we do?”.

Vasilopoulou and her husband were set to fly to Athens via Emirates airlines. “The flight from Dubai didn’t stop here though. It went on directly to Athens. I guess they didn’t want to put their passengers at risk.”

Passengers are recommended to visit www.hermesairports.com and contact their airline for information

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