The LTN-PFO-LCA service has proved very lucrative over the years, and has been keenly priced to compete with CY and BA from other London airport while providing a full service onboard the flights. A number of smaller tour operators use to block book a number of seat on the daily flights and was very popular with the huge Cypriot community in North London.
I have read the flights were nearly always 80% booked up. At one point Helios use to operate the LTN service, alongside a daily service they operated from LHR, but this was dropped while the LTN service continued.
With this route building up a good market I was wondering if any other airline will step in and replace Ajet?
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Two airlines that come to mind to me...
Monarch are familar with the leisure market and have experience operating similar length low cost flights to the Canaries and Spain. They are also based at LTN and an A320 aircraft on the route would be the perfect replacement for Ajets 738's.
Im not sure if First Choice Airways still operate scheduled services to Cyprus, but they use to from a number of UK regional airports. Maybe Luton could be another one to add as they have an A320/752 based at the airport all year round.
I think the route is too long a sector for the likes of easyJet or Ryanair, but I suppose you can never say never!
ThomsonFly could be another alternative?...