Wednesday 22 February 2017

Dublin Airport announces new direct flights to Cyprus from €99 return

Cobalt spreads its wings

Published 01/07/2016 | 12:47

Sea arch near Ayia Napa, Cyprus. Photo: Deposit
Sea arch near Ayia Napa, Cyprus. Photo: Deposit
Cyprus. Photo: Deposit
Kyrenia, North Cyprus. Photo: Deposit

Dublin Airport has announced its 17th new service of the year - twice-weekly, direct flights to Larnaca in Cyprus.

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The new service, which runs from July 9 to September 3, is being operated by Cyprus-based airline, Cobalt. Flights are on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Lead-in fares are being quoted at €99 return, low for a 5+ hour flight, but the cheapest rates on its website (cobalt.aero) were €129.99 as we publish.

“Cyprus historically hosted up to 70,000 Irish tourists annually, but with the lack of a direct air link these numbers dwindled to near zero," said Cobalt’s Chief Executive Andrew Pyne.

His airline, which started operations on June 1, is Cyprus’ first since the collapse of Cyprus Airways in January 2015.

Although starting with a direct service to Larnaca, the airline has plans to expand, with possible onward connections to Israel and Lebanon, Mr Pyne said.

“We’re delighted that Dublin-Larnaca is one of Cobalt’s first routes, and we look forward to working closely with them to help promote this new service,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

The route is the 17th new service at Dublin this year, where passenger traffic has risen by 14pc in the five months to the end of May.

Cassidy Travel has already launched packages buased on the new flights, with travel plus seven nights' 3-star accommodation in Cyprus from €369pp.

The route will be operated with a 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft.

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