Record Paphos Airport traffic a 'hopeful message' for Cyprus: Hermes Airports
Cyprus’ Hermes Airports CEO Alfred van der Meer stated (22-Oct-2012) record traffic at Paphos International Airport is a "hopeful message for us, as well as for the tourism industry in Cyprus", adding, "We all know that the battered economy of Cyprus is struggling to overcome the difficulties it faces. On our side, we are fully aware of the critical moments Cyprus is going through and we assure everyone that we will do our best to boost the tourist flow to Cyprus as part of the joint effort by all Cypriots". According to the latest records, the airport handled more than 2 million passengers between 01-Jan-2012 and 22-Oct-2012. This is the first time in the airport’s 29 year history that the record of 2 million passengers has been achieved. In comparison with last year's figures this means a significant increase of 28% which "shatters" the previous record of 2006 when 1.8 million passengers passed through Paphos Airport. Mr van der Meer added, "Considering that there are still two and a half months to go before the end of the year, the total number of passengers travelling through Paphos airport in 2012 will obviously be even higher".