Budget airline Corendon has announced that it will re-launch flights to North Cyprus.
The company’s decision was announced by the coordinator of the Corendon Group, Urun Mestan who said that the company will commence flights as of May 2016.
Corendon Airlines, which belongs to the Corendon Group, was the first airline to operate charter flights to the TRNC in 2010. Corendon was bringing approximately 10,000 tourists to the TRNC every year, with charter flights to and from North Cyprus via Turkey, from the Netherlands and Belgium. However, on 31st August 2015, the company announced its decision to suspend its flights to North Cyprus because of bureaucratic problems.
According to Kibris Gazetesi, several government officials and officials from Corendon’s partner, the Akmina Travel Company, met with officials of the Corendon Group and persuaded them to come back to the TRNC’s tourism market.
Commenting on Corendon’s decision, Minister of Tourism Faiz Sucuoglu described the decision as a positive and pleasing development for the TRNC’s tourism sector and said: “One of our goals was for Corendon to return. We achieved this. With this move, openings will be made in the tourism sector”, Sucuoglu said.
Referring also to his recent contacts in the Netherlands, Sucuoglu said that he met with the chairman of the administration board of Akmina Travel, Ismail Abidin, with whom they verified their existing agreement. He added that he also held contacts with tourist operators in Stuttgart, that he visited fairs in the Netherlands and that they are planning to make major launches at Istanbul and Berlin tourism fairs.