LOW-COST airline Ryanair announced the opening of the much-anticipated second route out of Larnaca yesterday, which will be to Barcelona in Spain, it said.
The new route will begin in December 2010 and follows the initial route to Charleroi Belgium which was announced last month.
Ryanair said yesterday they expect the two new routes to deliver over 60,000 passengers to Larnaca and create up to 60 new jobs.
Fares for flights to Barcelona start at €34.99 one-way, and are already on sale on www.ryanair.com.
Melissa Corrigan, Ryanair sales manager for Cyprus said yesterday: “Ryanair is delighted to announce its second Cyprus route from Larnaca to Barcelona. Along with the route to Brussels Charleroi, it will provide consumers and visitors with really low fares for the first time.
“Ryanair’s 60,000 passengers per annum to and from Larnaca will sustain 60 jobs”.
Asked about the new route, Hermes Airports’ boss Alfred van der Meer said yesterday: “Hermes is pleased to see Ryanair proceeding with its second route from Cyprus in accordance with our agreement. Ryanair offers the travelling public a new product which provides a choice of services at particularly accessible prices. I am confident that the new destination to Barcelona will be highly appreciated and embraced by the travelling public at both ends of the new route. The introduction of new destinations bringing additional traffic to Cyprus should spark the interest of other airlines to join Hermes Airports’ Incentive Scheme.”
Ryanair has pledged to bring 500,000 tourists to Cyprus in the next five years..
Ultimately the airline plans to use Cyprus as a hub for routes to and from various shorter-range European destinations, such as Stockholm, Milan, Pisa, Marseille, and Dusseldorf – but also Israel and the Middle East “had matured” as markets, it said.
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) has agreed to provide a “significant” marketing spend targeted on the two new Ryanair routes which “currently are not being serviced by existing operators”. Such spending does not contravene EU competition rules, the CTO said.