Coronavirus: Back to the drawing board for flight plans
Flights to Cyprus from the UK over the next few weeks will not gradually increase as planned, the main reason being the UK government’s decision not to include the island in the ‘green list’ of safe countries for people. trips Thursday.
A total of 17 flights from the UK have landed in Cyprus since early June. The flights came from Bristol, Doncaster, Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports.
However, contrary to what was previously planned, airlines will not yet increase the number of flights to Cyprus.
The original plan was to double the number of arrivals at the island’s airports each week, increasing them from the total of 33 last week to 120 for the first week of July. That plan was scrapped on Friday and a new schedule will be released early next week.
Jet2 announced on Friday that it would cancel all flights and holidays until July 1.
“For all destinations currently on the orange list, we also allow customers to change their reservation free of charge if they have to travel between July 1 and July 21,” said a statement released by the airline.
“When clients are affected by the program changes described above, we will automatically cancel their reservation with a full refund, and our team of travel experts will contact you to help them rebook their summer getaway. “
A source from the Cypriot aviation industry told the Cyprus Mail that since most scheduled flights to Cyprus are operated by charter airlines, such as Tui and later Jet2, many flights will be subject to decisions that will be made. taken by the UK government, so schedules often change quickly and without notice.
Therefore, it is also too early to say how many British holidaymakers will board flights to the island in the coming weeks.
The UK will update the country ranking list on June 28 and Cyprus hopes to be included in the coveted ‘green list’ in order to attract visitors to the most important market for the tourism industry.
As it stands, bookings from the UK are still low for June and the first half of July, according to the president of the Paphos Hotel Association, Thanos Michaelides.
“The increase in the number of flights landing in Cyprus from the UK does not yet reflect the number of bookings we have received so far for the next month and a half,” Michaelides, whose Thanos Hotels company owns and operates three properties, namely Anassa, Almyra and Annabelle, told the Cyprus Mail.
“Hoteliers generally expected the trend to change, but with Cyprus not on the ‘green list’ interest from UK holidaymakers has yet to increase, at least not in the coming weeks. concerned.”
Michaelides has however confirmed that bookings for late July and August are increasing and so far few cancellations have been made.
“Regardless of that, the real change for us will take place when there is enough clarity for the British traveler from their government and, most importantly, after the repositioning of Cyprus in the British list of safe countries”, a- he concluded.