The current coronavirus situation has heavily affected the daily operations and the ongoing construction works at the Ayia Napa marina, according to the marina director Constantinos Fititris.
Fititris told CNA that most foreign boat owners cannot even get to Cyprus by sea to moor their vessels at the marina because of the restrictions currently in place.
“The effects of the pandemic have hit us hard,” he said. “We have customers from Israel, Lebanon and Egypt who, due to their countries being moved to different categories, can no longer use the facilities at the marina.”
“It is a shame because our marina provides several services that many neighbouring countries cannot offer,” he said.
Fititris, however, said there was still interest in the marina despite the difficult situation.
“We have a lot of requests from people who want to moor their boats in Ayia Napa and we expect that, as soon as the coronavirus pandemic is over, more customers will come from neighbouring countries.
“There are already several boats from Israel and Lebanon at the marina, whose owners managed to reach Cyprus before the pandemic started or before their countries were moved to a different category.”
He added that throughout the summer months, the majority of boats at the facility arrived from Limassol, Paphos and Larnaca.
As for the remaining months of this year, he said that “the arrival of vessels from other countries will depend on the evolution of the situation with the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions that will be in place.”
After completing the construction of the main breakwater back in November 2019, the project has now entered its second phase, which will see the erection of two towers of over 100 metres in height, where 220 apartments will be housed.
The commercial area is also still under construction and will only open to the public towards April 2021 if the conditions allow it.