The number of Turkish Cypriots travelling from the UK to Tymbou (Ercan) airport in the north has fallen almost 18 per cent since the start of the year while the number coming in to the island via Larnaca and Paphos has jumped 4.2 per cent in the same period, reports in the north said on Monday.
According to Kibris newspaper, the change is due to higher prices for tickets to the north, which must first land in Turkey. The paper said this was also a factor since they could fly direct into the Republic from Britain.
The number of UK-passport holders of Turkish Cypriot origin who crossed from the Republic to the north was 41,874 between January and October this year compared with 40,155 in the same period last year.
Meanwhile, CNA reported on Monday that the number of crossings by Greek Cypriots since January 2018 went up 44.5 per cent equivalent to 1.3m crossings from south to north compared with 899,628 crossings in the same period in 2017.