Cypriot start-up Cobalt Air (CO/FCB) has begun scheduled operations from Larnaca this week with a 3 times daily service to Athens.
On launch it announced that the routes they plan to operate include Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Chania, London Stansted, Manchester, Dublin and Paris. These are due to begin later this month.
The absence of the much-rumored Larnaca to Cardiff route could be seen as a blow to the Welsh airport however, Cobalt has indicated that it is still looking at a link to Wales but the launch to other airports would mean this is unlikely to be until later in the summer.
Cobalt Air received its Air Operators Certificate in May and commenced operations on the 1st June. Their chairman Gregory Diacou has said “We want to offer exceptional services at low prices”.
Cobalt will operate a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft with 1 in service already and 3 on order. They plan to add an Airbus A330 to the fleet in Spring 2017 for direct flights to China.
The airline plans to carry the flag for Cyprus following the collapse of Cyprus Airways in 2015.