The best performance of this year was recorded by the passenger traffic at the two airports of Cyprus in October this year. Specifically, the number of departures and arrivals of passengers amounted to 951,820 in total (Larnaca Airport: 619,501 – Paphos Airport: 332,319) compared to 867,097 passengers who traveled last August, which is traditionally the month with the most travel. This is a positive development, given that both last year and this year travel is generally in recession due to the pandemic and its containment measures.
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Arrival data show a significant influx of passengers from the UK, despite the fact that until July there was still uncertainty as to whether the country would open its borders to tourists, while in October there was an increase in occupancy rates compared to in August. At the same time, during this period, the trips of Cypriots abroad moved upwards due to the three days at the beginning and at the end of the month, while at the same time a significant increase in the inflow of individual travelers was recorded. In terms of the top markets from which tourists arrived in our country, the first places are occupied by Great Britain, Russia, Greece, Germany and Poland.
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Maria Kouroupi, Senior Director of Aviation Development, Marketing & Communication at Hermes Airports said: “Several factors have contributed to this encouraging result in October. Initially, the improvement of the epidemiological image of Cyprus at the beginning of the month and the transition of our country from the red to the orange category of the ECDC played an important role. Although our stay in this category was short, it nevertheless helped the image of Cyprus abroad. At the same time, October was a month with two holidays close to the weekend, which acted as an incentive for our compatriots to travel to various destinations. It also seems to confirm the great need of the public to travel again, something that emerges through the report of the European Travel Commission (ETC) which records the high demand for travel in Europe where according to the report, two out of three Europeans plan to travel within the next six months “.