Specifically, it is estimated that more than 11,3 million passengers have travelled to and from the two airports by the end of 2019, continuing the upward trend of the past few years, with passenger traffic recording an increase of 60 percent between 2013 and today.
Hermes Airports recently held a special event at Larnaka International Airport to celebrate this record, in the presence of the minister of transport, communication and works, the deputy minister of tourism, MPs, institutional representatives and businesspeople of the tourism sector.
During the event, the company shared a video that presented all of its achievements since 2006, when it assumed the operation and development of Larnaka and Pafos airports, having invested more than EUR640 million.
In his welcome address, Yiannis Karousos, minister of transport, Cyprus, having congratulated Hermes Airports and all the parties involved in the proper and safe operation of the airports, said that although it was a difficult year for the air transport sector, due to efforts that were made, had positive results. He also said that the government is committed to supporting the development of the air transport sector, through bilateral air service agreements and memoranda of understanding.
On her part, Eleni Kaloyirou, CEO, Hermes Airports, reported that the 11 million passenger record signals a new era. “Our planning is based on the gradual reduction of our dependence on saturated markets, further expanding Cyprus’ connectivity to new destinations, and attracting tourists from countries that were previously poorly represented”, she added.
She also highlighted the importance of putting forward the National Tourism Strategy of Cyprus and promoting the country’s new brand.