Aegean Airlines are set to cancel their Larnaca-Heathrow route – a move that will far from impress thousands of people travelling to and from Cyprus to the biggest airport in the United Kingdom.
The move has left many surprised given how most other airlines that fly regularly to Larnaca and Paphos use the English airports of Stansted, Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool.
It is not clear when exactly the route will be closed off.
The move to cancel the line to Heathrow Airport, according to an official of Aegean Airlines, has mainly to do with the “very high cost” of using that specific airport for the Greek airline company.
The timeslot at Heathrow Airport had been rented by Aegean Airlines from Virgin Airlines and the rent is reportedly increasing by the year.
Aegean is currently looking into a more cheaper alternatives for its London routes but also more than one destination due to the high demand for tickets to the UK.
“This is why we made this decision,” commented Aegean Airlines official Roula Saloutsi.
“Of course, if things change in the future, then we could review the possibility of re-opening the route to London Heathrow.”
Back in 2013 and following the bankruptcy of Cyprus Airways, Aegean Airways established a hub at Larnaca Airport, thus initiating scheduled flights to and from the island to various destinations and filling the service gap created by the services termination of the old Cyprus Airways.