National flag carrier Cyprus Airways this week announced the launch of a new route between Larnaca and Preveza, which is set to begin on June 29 with two weekly flights.

The announcement was made on May 30 at a hotel in the Greek city. Media representatives from Cyprus and Greece attended the press conference, following an invitation from the Municipality of Preveza, in collaboration with the Cyprus office of the Greek Tourism Organisation.

Local authorities, representatives from the Preveza Chamber of Commerce, and the Preveza Hoteliers Association were also present.

During his speech, the Mayor of Preveza, Nikolaos Georgakos, emphasised the “significant importance” of the air connection with Cyprus and the opportunity to use the Cyprus Airways network for travel to destinations in the wider region.

He also mentioned that Preveza is “open year-round and not just seasonally” and highlighted efforts to extend the tourist season. Preveza, he continued, “has more to offer than just sun and sea; it also has culture, antiquities, and a beautiful natural environment”.

Subsequently, he referred to the Twinning Network of Cities, which includes Preveza and Paphos, adding that he has developed excellent relations with the Mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, to promote culture and tourism initiatives in the two cities.

“We are delighted to resume direct flights between Larnaca and Preveza with Cyprus Airways aircraft,” said Theo Malas, marketing and PR manager at Cyprus Airways.

He further mentioned that apart from the possibility of increasing flight frequency during the summer season to better serve passengers, the company is also considering the possibility of direct connections throughout the year.

Moreover, Malas stated that Cyprus Airways aims to increase connectivity to several key destinations.

“Our goal,” he continued, “is to increase the type of aircraft in our fleet and the fleet’s technology towards Green Innovation.”

Finally, local authorities from the tourism and public health sectors also spoke at the press conference.