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Cobalt gets new plane, mulls China flights

Cyprus-based Cobalt Air on Saturday announced the arrival of its second aircraft and that it is exploring the possibility of direct flights to China.

The announcement followed a meeting of the air carrier with China’s Trade Deputy Minister, Zhang Xiangchen, who was on the island on an official visit to discuss cooperation between the two countries.

“The connectivity of Cyprus with China through direct flights is part of Cobalt’s strategic plans to expand its activities,” the announcement said.

During Cobalt’s meeting with the Chinese deputy minister, it said, “it was stressed that the link between Cyprus and China is very important for tourism as well as for business between the two countries”. It added that Xiangchen expressed his satisfaction for the strategic plans of Cobalt.

At the meeting the allocation of traffic rights was also discussed, so that flights between Cyprus and China begin as soon as possible, it said.

Cobalt said it held similar meetings with the Chinese Embassy in Cyprus where they discussed procedures concerning the air connectivity of two countries with direct flights.

The company also announced the arrival of its new aircraft, an Airbus 319, which is to be included in its flight schedule to help cover its increased needs as regards demand in airline seats.

Cobalt also said that it will soon add new international destinations in its flight schedule as it expects the arrival of its third aircraft.

Already, it said, its first aircraft, an Airbus 320, “carries hundreds of passengers to Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Chania, London, Manchester and Dublin”.

The air carrier, which received its air operating certificate in May, was last month given a clean bill of health by the Civil Aviation Department after a probe was ordered by the transport ministry following a series of incidents concerning mainly technical problems which upset its flight programme and led to delays.

Prior to the arrival of its second aircraft, Cobalt’s fleet consisted of three aircraft – one carrying its colours and two leased short term from other airlines.

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