The Department of Civil Aviation of Cyprus has announced that the flight delays in the first nine months of 2016 marked a significant reduction of 75%, noting that the Air Traffic Control Services successfully managed the Summer air traffic which was significantly increased in both airports, Larnaca and Paphos, and in the Nicosia Area Control Centre.
In an announcement issued on Monday by the Department of Civil Aviation, it is noted that by September 2016 the average cumulative annual flight delay is only 0.69 minutes per flight, compared to 2.76 minutes per flight in the same period of 2015, according to the published monthly statistical reports released by the relative department of the EUROCONTROL Network Manager.
According to the Department of Civil Aviation, a significant increase in the air traffic was marked in Larnaca and Paphos airports compared to 2015. Specifically, for the period May-September 2016, Larnaca`s Air Traffic Control Tower facilitated a total of 30,595 international flights, while during the same period last year the number was 23,918 flights, increased by 28%.
For the same period, Paphos’ Air Traffic Control Tower facilitated 8,995 flights compared to 8,425 the corresponding period of 2016, increased by 7%.
As regards the Nicosia Area Control Centre, the Department notes that during the first 9 months of 2016, it facilitated more or less number of flights compared to the previous year, stressing that the major difference compared to the previous year, is the significant reduction in flight delays which reached 75%.