Cyprus Airways commenced flights between Larnaca and Athens on 29 March, with a route launch party being hosted at the Greek capital airport to welcome its newest airline. The carrier will initially link the two cities twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) using its A319 fleet, with it poised to face direct competition coming from four airlines on the 930-kilometre sector, namely Aegean Airlines, Cobalt, Blue Air and TUS Airways.
- Cyprus Airways, taking its name from the former bankrupt airline which closed down in 2015, doubled its route count from Larnaca (LCA) this week, adding services to Athens (ATH) and Beirut (BEY). The carrier already flies to St. Petersburg and Tel Aviv from its Cypriot base. Both Athens and Beirut routes began on 29 March and will initially be flown by the carrier twice-weekly. The 930-kilometre link to Athens will operate on Mondays and Thursdays, with Cyprus Airways going head-to-head against Aegean Airlines, Cobalt, Blue Air and TUS Airways. The quartet of carriers combined already offer 72 weekly flights on the city pair. Beirut sees a Thursday and Sunday rotation, with the 206-kilometre hop over the Mediterranean Sea expecting to see direct competition from Middle East Airlines (eight times weekly) and Cobalt (four weekly). Currently Cyprus Airways has one A319, with this being the aircraft schedule to serve Athens and Beirut. By the peak of S18, Cyprus Airways expects to also be flying to Munich, Prague, Stuttgart, Verona and Zurich from Larnaca, with schedules showing that the airline will acquire a second A319 to operate these services.