Cyprus Airways has resumed flights between Cyprus and St. Petersburg, the press service of Northern Capital Gateway LLC (managing company of St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport) reports.
The first flight Larnaca – St. Petersburg – Larnaca by Cyprus Airways took place on December 25.
“This is the first regular flight to Cyprus since the introduction of restrictions on flights due to an unfavorable epidemiological situation,” the statement said.
It is clarified that the flights are planned on January 8, and from January 21 they will become weekly and will be operated on Thursdays. The direction will be served by Airbus A319 aircraft.
Previously, the carrier provided flights between Cyprus and St. Petersburg until November 2018.
Cyprus has banned international flights since March 21 due to the spread of coronavirus and resumed flights with a number of countries in June, Russia was not included in their number.
Since October 1, Cyprus Airways has been operating weekly cargo-passenger flights from Moscow to Larnaca.
In November, the Federal Air Transport Agency reported that Russian airlines received permits for flights to some countries, in particular to Cyprus.
Then air traffic between Russia and Cyprus was not officially resumed. Airlines operated flights that were primarily intended for the carriage of goods, but some categories of passengers were allowed to be transported.
Aeroflot planes have been flying from Moscow to Larnaca since November 22, but air traffic between the countries is available only for certain categories of citizens.
On December 3, the company announced that it would carry passengers from Cyprus to Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The fact that the borders of Cyprus will be open to the Russians became known on December 4. To enter the territory of Cyprus, citizens of the Russian Federation will have to pass two PCR tests: one – 72 hours before arrival, and the second – at the airport of arrival.