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Coronavirus: BHC urges Brits on the island to take planned Sunday flight (Updated)

The British High Commission on Friday urged tourists from the UK currently in Cyprus to return home on the last easyJet flights from the island to avoid being left stranded.

In an announcement, the British High Commission said that it seemed all easyJet flights from Cyprus have been suspended until May.

“It appears the airline is planning a rescue flight on March 29 from Paphos to London Gatwick. We strongly advise British tourists in Cyprus to leave the island on this flight,” the announcement said.

The BHC said later in the day that easyJet had arranged two flights from Paphos to London Gatwick on March 29. It said that existing easyJet customers can rebook and new customers are able to purchase tickets.

“We strongly advise British tourists in Cyprus to leave the island on these flights or face a potential lengthy further stay. We don’t expect another easyJet flight flights to/from Cyprus before the 1st of May,” the BHC said.

In the meantime, people planning on travelling soon are urged to monitor the government decisions on flight bans and other restrictive measures since airlines act accordingly, sources said on Friday.

Despite an announcement on Hermes’ website that both Paphos and Larnaca airports are closed from March 21 for a period of 14 days, it does not necessarily mean that activities would resume after that, since the government might issue another decree with restrictions, a source told the Cyprus Mail.

Passengers are advised to also contact their airlines, given that many have announced they were cancelling flights for a period of time.

Jet2.com announced earlier in the month it was suspending its flights from the UK to Cyprus following the measures announced by the Cypriot government against the spread of the coronavirus. It said that it would be reviewing further options as the situation evolves.

Cyprus Airways cancelled all flights from March 17 until April 30 inclusive.

Aegean Air too announced last week that within the next few days, and until the end of April, the majority of flights on its international network will be gradually discontinued while the domestic network would also be significantly curtailed.

Between March 21 and for 14 days, government banned passenger flights.

In addition, there is currently a ban on movement until April 13.

“No one knows what’s to come,” the source said, adding that this was a matter dealt with solely by the government.

 



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