Cyprus Airways traffic up 9.9% worldwide and 8.4% in M. East

Cyprus Airways has performed above average compared to competitors in the Middle East reporting an 8.4% increase in the number of passengers in 2002, equivalent to 16,740 more passengers than in 2001.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  March 9, 2003

Cyprus Airways has performed above average compared to competitors in the Middle East, the airline said in a statement this week.

The airline carried 1,654,719 passengers on all routes in 2002 – a 9.9% increase from 2001 and the second-largest increase the carrier has recorded in a decade. On the Middle East routes, 216,435 passengers flew with Cyprus Airways in 2002, an 8.4% increase that is equivalent to 16,740 more passengers than in 2001.

Tassos Angelis, the head of the airline’s public affairs says, “Cyprus Airways has emerged triumphant during the some of the toughest times the industry has seen.” “Fleet expansion, a sound infrastructure, new livery, new uniforms and an overall professional and dynamic approach have combined to give Cyprus Airways our second best passenger increase in 10 years,” he added.

The International Air transport Association (IATA) recently reported a 4% worldwide decline in the numbers of scheduled passengers for 2002 compared to the previous year.

Beirut flights were the top performers for Cyprus Airways in the Middle East, surging 28.3%. Dubai recorded an encouraging 1.7% increase on 2001 and Bahrain 3.7%. In Saudi Arabia, Cyprus Airways passenger numbers to and from Riyadh grew 6.2%.

The airline’s passengers on the Middle East and Gulf routes accounted for 13.1% of the company’s total traffic.

Total revenue load – passengers, freight and mail – was up 8.5% on 2001.

Stavros Kyprianou, the airline’s Middle East and Gulf chief said the increases are “a clear result of responding to the needs of the market.”

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