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Lufthansa marks 40 years of Cyprus connections

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Forty years ago, on March 31, 1982, the Lufthansa story in Cyprus commenced.

On that very day, the first Lufthansa flight took off from Frankfurt, with a Boeing 727 heading for Larnaca Airport, beginning the Lufthansa-Cyprus success story. The flight number LH 614 was scheduled twice weekly, with an onward flight to Amman, Jordan. Only two years later, Lufthansa offered a twice-weekly service to Larnaca as final destination. In 1986, a second route was added from Munich to Larnaca, extending the connection between Cyprus and Germany.

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Today, Larnaca International Airport welcomes five different carriers of the Lufthansa Group, offering 56 weekly departures to 12 destinations across Western Europe. Lufthansa, SWISS, Edelweiss, Austrian Airlines and Eurowings: they all offer non-stop flights to connect guests from Cyprus to the world, and at the same time fly in tourists and leisure travellers to the Mediterranean Island.

“Lufthansa Group did already recover – and increased by 26 per cent – the flights to Larnaca, compared with 2019,” said Lufthansa Group Southern Europe Senior Sales Director Gabriella Galantis. “Cyprus is one of our top leisure destinations, and we are aware of our role for the local tourism sector and our travel agents.

“With almost 10,000 seats offered every week, we also contribute to the Cypriot corporate community to provide easy access to their business opportunities around the world.”

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For her part, Hermes Airports Aviation Development & Communications Senior Manager Maria Kouroupi noted: “Today we celebrate a significant milestone for Lufthansa Airlines. For the past 40 years, the airline has been operating to Cyprus and is a long-standing, valued partner of the airports and the country.

“We are confident that Lufthansa’s great route network will continue successfully in the years to come and contribute to the recovery of Cyprus’ tourism sector.”

Lufthansa Group operate a fleet of modern and sustainable aircraft, and are pursuing many further projects to reduce CO2 emissions. The Group is also moving forward initiatives to produce more Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), having purchased $250m for its own consumption for 2022.

Furthermore, all passengers travelling on Group carriers can now easily offset their emissions via Compensaid while booking flights.

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