South Cyprus will pay for the cost of repatriation of passengers left stranded after Greek Cypriot carrier Cobalt Air terminated its operations late on Wednesday, Transport Minister Vasiliki Anastasiadou said.
The South will be covering the cost of a one-way ticket but not any extra accommodation costs incurred by passengers. Those would have to be claimed from the company.
“As a state we feel the need to help passengers, either stranded in Cyprus or abroad, to return to the place of residence.”
Earlier, a meeting was held to discuss the problems arising from the closure of Cobalt Air at midnight Wednesday.
According to Greek Cypriot daily ‘Alithia’, the company was not able to solve its serious liquidity problem and no new investors could be found to save the company. Cobalt informed the Greek Cypriot Ministry of Public Works and Transportation that all flights would cease as of midnight on Wednesday.
Cobalt launched its first commercial flight on 7th July, 2016 to Athens. It then offered flights from Larnaca to London, Manchester, Dublin, Salonika and Chania.
Cyprus Mail, Alithia