A smaller increase of 5.9% was also recorded in Cyprus compared to September 2019, however at EU level the number of flights remained lower by 8.9%.
A 22.1% increase was recorded in the number of commercial flights in Cyprus in September 2023 compared to September 2022 (7.9% increase in the EU), from 7,310 flights to 8,924 (from 561,638 to 605,806), according to the monthly data collected by Eurocontrol and published by Eurostat, the EU statistical agency.
A smaller increase of 5.9% was recorded in Cyprus and compared to September 2019, however at EU level the number of flights remained lower by 8.9%.
Similar trends were recorded in the period between June and August, both for the EU and in Cyprus.
At EU level, all three summer months saw a significant increase compared to 2022: June (6.9%), July (7.4%) and August (6.6%), but the number of flights was still lower than in 2019: June (-10.4%), July (-9.0%) and August (-8.5%).
In the event of Cyprus, the summer months saw a significant increase compared to 2022: June (21.0%), July (23.8%) and August (22.6%). Also, a small increase was recorded compared to 2019: June (0.4%), July (6.1%) and August (6.8%).
According Member State in September 2023, only six countries the number of flights was higher than in September 2019: Greece (+10.9%), Portugal (+9.0%), Cyprus (+5.9 %), Croatia (+2.6%), Ireland (+1.4%) and Malta (+0.7%).
In contrast, the Latvia (-30.4%), Finland (-30.2%), Estonia (-25.4%), Sweden (-24.1%) and Slovenia (-22.9%) were still very low compared to 2019 levels.