The creation of an appropriate environment for attracting airlines and improving air connectivity as a result of the government’s intense efforts in various directions, with the aim of achieving the increase of connectivity and the protection of air transport, was underlined on Tuesday by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Yannis Karousos during his speech at the 44th Cyprus Hoteliers’ Fair.
According to a statement from the Ministry, Mr. Karousos pointed out that the incentive plans have already brought the first results after yesterday’s announcements to strengthen the bases of Ryanair and Wizz Air with state-of-the-art aircraft, adding that the liberalization of the market regarding ground handling services provided to airports has reduced costs by 40% to 50%, making airports more competitive.
Mr. Karousos also stated that the government’s goal is, through the new incentive plans 2023-2027, to further improve the air connectivity of the country with the development of new routes, the maintenance and deepening of the existing ones, the extension of the tourist season, but also the recovery of aviation from the effects of the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the challenges facing aviation in today’s competitive and changing environment.
According to the minister, the implementation of the new incentive plan for the period 2023 – 2027 is expected to bring about a 52% increase in the number of passengers, from approximately 9 million in 2022 to 13.7 million in 2027.
In closing, the Minister referred to the challenges of Fit55 in terms of air transport and the initiatives and proposals of Cyprus that have been approved by the European Commission and in particular the inclusion of a special reference in the text of the Directive to island states smaller than 10,000 km², for which the the difference in the cost of renewable and conventional fuels will be covered at 100%, following efforts by Cyprus to highlight the disproportionate effects regarding EU island member states from the application of the new provisions in ETS Aviation.