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A United Cyprus Island, any impact on flying?

Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:30 pm

With the UN hoping to get a peace deal in place I was wondering what opportunities it would present to airlines in the future, if any?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38591590
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Re: A United Cyprus Island, any impact on flying?

Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:20 pm

I think as usual the Greeks in the South will torpedo the plans however in event of genuine federalisation with a Union Cabinet the advantages would be 5B- carriers significantly benefiting in operating costs fuel and time being allowed to traverse Turkish airspace especially on routings to European Baltic and Russian points.

Would Ecran (Tymvou) remain quite probably and it would become an official point of entry.

A new road to East of Nicosia would help - It is much closer than Larnaca and of course Paphos.

Further its not surrounded by those hills of the long abandoned Nicosia airport to west of the city.

Would certainly see flights from Ercan direct to other EU cities with the stop in Istanbul/Antalya/Gaziantep removed and probably a few EU charters picking up the slack.

Like i say though Athens will scupper the process with their certain irrelevant demands (More money perhaps bargaining with the migrant crisis and preferential EU treatment) as they have before.

IMHO only - Certainly political when the South rejected the last treaty then they shouldn't have been rewarded with EU membership and probably wouldn't have but for Athens lobbyists and at the time their threat to veto further Eastern European entrants.
 
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Re: A United Cyprus Island, any impact on flying?

Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:21 pm

I could see Turkish and Pegasus starting IST-LCA and SAW-LCA for connecting passengers to Western Europe.
 
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Re: A United Cyprus Island, any impact on flying?

Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:42 pm

SCQ83 wrote:
I could see Turkish and Pegasus starting IST-LCA and SAW-LCA for connecting passengers to Western Europe.

Connecting from - to ? IST isn't that far away. Cyprus is a fairly cheap tourist destination.
I can't see any benefit at all in all this. It will cost us in the EU lots of money, and factual peace has existed for decades.

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