The service ceased earlier this year but in response to the large number of passengers who prefer to travel to London’s Stansted Airport, the airline decided to reinstate two weekly departures to Larnaca, Cyprus for the winter season, increasing to three departures for the summer.
Nick Barton, Stansted Airport’s Managing Director, said:
"We are delighted to welcome Cyprus Airways back to the airport. Cyprus is a wonderful country to visit and the new flight makes it even more accessible to people from the East of England and north and east London. We look forward to working with the team at Cyprus Airways to ensure the route is a success."
A special welcome was organised for the airline on Monday (December 19) , as passengers and staff enjoyed traditional Cypriot dancing and delicacies at the departure gate before the first flight departed. Special guest at the event was His Excellency the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in the UK, Mr Alexandros Zenon, who said:
"I am delighted to be here and participate on this happy occasion, the re-launching of Cyprus Airways schedule flights from London Stansted Airport to Cyprus.
"I would like to congratulate firstly Cyprus Airways for making the decision to re-introduce Stansted flights but also both London Stansted Airport and Cyprus Airways for their efforts to promote this route and make it successful. I am aware that today's event will be followed by other marketing and promotional activities. I wish the route every success."
Also attending the event was Andreas Agathou, General Manager of Cyprus Airways. He spoke about the airlines’ decision to reinstate the Stansted to Larnaca service:
"Our operation from London Stansted Airport enjoyed healthy load factors the last few years and was developing to our satisfaction passenger wise. However, various factors but in particular the price of fuel necessitated certain changes to our flight program especially to relatively long routes. So in common with other airlines Cyprus Airways were forced to make changes to our capacity. London Stansted Airport was one of the affected airports.
"There was always the intention to reconsider our decision once the market conditions improved. The demand and the requests from the market to reinstate the London Stansted operation has triggered an earlier review than originally planned and we are returning to the route albeit with a revised program. However, as a scheduled airline, our objective to increase frequencies remains as soon as this can be justified."