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Cyprus to Neutralise Impact of Banning Flights From Russia by Opening for Other Markets

After banning flights from Russia, the Cypriot authorities revealed that they plan to switch to other tourism markets.

Cypriot Minister of Transport, Yiannis Karousos, said the authorities hope to reduce the impact of this ban on the island’s overall economy by increasing tourism from other countries.

Moreover, the minister noted that the responsible authorities on the island are working with airlines to provide more options for travelers from other destinations not normally attracted to their Cyprus holidays, reports.

“We are doing everything we can to offset any impact of this decision,” Karosos added.

Russia is one of the largest tourist markets in Cyprus. Only for this year, the authorities of the latter estimated that it will record an increased movement of travelers from Russia to Cyprus and vice versa.

It is estimated that the total number of passengers between the two countries during 2022 will be more than one million. However, taking into account the current situation, the authorities are planning to help tourism from other countries to recover.

Cyprus has already lifted additional entry rules for all travelers who have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus.

Cypriot authorities have announced that all travelers who prove they have received all required doses of an authorized vaccine, as well as those who have recently contracted the virus, will not be required to undergo testing before or after arrival, regardless of which country they are traveling from.

Hence, the travel and tourism sector in the country is expected to record a positive trend this summer.

On the other hand, it was made clear that the traffic light system will continue to apply to those who have not been cured or vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease.

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Previously, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said travel activity in Europe would reach 103 percent of pre-pandemic levels in 2024. According to the International Air Transport Association, passenger numbers will offset about 83 percent of 2019 levels in 2022. In addition, 94 percent will be compensated in 2022. As for 2025, the associations expected the number of travelers to exceed the epidemic re-spread levels completely, to reach 111 percent.

Moreover, it has been observed that the number of international travelers will improve to 9 percent in 2022, 82 percent in 2023, and 92 percent in 2024.

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