Cyprus must continue to have an airline, Minister says

Nicosia, Sep 22 (CNA) – The objective is for Cyprus to have an airline that would link the island with the rest of the world, Minister of Communications and Works Tasos Mitsopoulos has said.

Speaking to reporters Sunday in the southern coastal town of Limassol, the Minister said the government and the Board of Cyprus Airways (Cyprus’ national air carrier) are making efforts to convince the EU that the restructuring plan of the company is viable and competitive.

Mitsopoulos added that if the restructuring plan of Cyprus Airways submitted to the EU is rejected, then the competent authorities in Cyprus will proceed with a plan B.

“Our objective is for Cyprus to have an airline that would provide vital air links with Europe and the rest of the world”, he pointed out.

In the coming days, he said, there will be invitations for interest, to be published in the international press, to attract foreign investors for the exploitation of the old airport terminals in Larnaka and Pafos

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