Cyprus Airlines stops trading after 68 years

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Cyprus Airlines stops trading after 68 years

Cyprus Airways, one of Europe’s oldest airlines, has closed down.
It leaves tens of thousands of passengers facing uncertainty over their travel plans. The airline had been established for 68 years. The Independent’s Travel Editor, Simon Calder, explains what travellers can do. 
He explains why the demise of the airline was far from a surprise. The national airline of Cyprus has been struggling for years to compete with the like of easyJet and Ryanair and had tried to stay afloat by selling its slots at Heathrow.
Its primary owner, the Cypriot government, had put the airline up for sale but last weekend things took a turn for the worse as the European Commission ruled that the airline had to hand the state aid it had been receiving from the government, which rendered the airline bankrupt. 

Anyone who has bought a package holiday with a tour operator should contact the firm (via the travel agent, if it was booked through one). The tour operator is obliged to find an alternative flight.
Passengers who bought tickets directly with the airline are in a different position. Unusally, the Cyprus government said it would make alternative arrangements for all the affected travellers: “The Republic will undertake fully the cost of the alternative flights and therefore the passengers will not be burdened in any way.” It has appointed a Cypriot travel agent, Top Kinisis Travel, to handle the fall-out. They can be contacted on  00 357 2286 9999 or at

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