Hermes Airports said on Sunday the best performing month for 2022, so far, was June, with total passenger traffic surpassing one million using the island’s two airports.

Larnaca airport saw 650,519 passengers and Paphos 358,550 with an average aircraft load factor reaching 87 per cent – 87 per cent arriving and 86.2 per cent departing, Hermes said.

“This is a positive development as this is the first time since the pandemic emerged, that Cyprus’ airports record – since October 2019- such a significant inflow of passengers in a single month,” the operator said.

The top markets for June with the higher number in terms of arriving passengers were the United Kingdom, Greece, Israel, Germany, and Poland.

“After many months of challenges due to the pandemic, as well as the invasion of Russia in Ukraine, and the low levels in passenger traffic, summer 2022 shows a significant recovery, confirming the upward trend in passenger traffic,” it added.

Maria Kouroupi, Senior Manager of Aviation Development, Marketing and Communication of Hermes Airports said: “Surpassing the one million passengers barrier in June, besides the positive impact it has on everyone’s morale, it becomes evident that the efforts made during the previous months by Hermes as well as other tourism stakeholders, have borne fruit. The summer season has commenced with the most positive signs, revealing the passengers’ thirst for travel, as well as the vote of confidence placed on our country as a tourist product”.