Reports are circulating that a new airline – Cobalt Air – has made an official request to the Cyprus Civil Aviation (CCA) to set up operations from Cyprus, intending to use the island as a base to operate flights across Europe.
“Cobalt Air will operate a fleet of modern, fuel efficient, Airbus aircraft and will launch in 2015 with flights to ten destinations,” the company were quoted as saying by local media.
According to Communications Ministry spokesperson, Demetris Constantinou, Cobalt Air has already submitted the Cyprus Air Operator Certificate to the Department of Civil Aviation and have already registered as a local company.
“We are establishing a ‘New Age’ airline that will be based in Cyprus and will operate regionally and throughout Europe. We believe Cyprus provides an excellent environment in which to develop a new airline for a pan-European market,” stated Cobalt Air CEO, Pete Kelly.
If Cobalt Air’s plans are approved its planes would bear characteristics specific to the island such as ‘Visit Cyprus’ slogans. Originally, the charter company had considered buying assets from now defunct Cyprus Airways such as the name and emblem but instead have now proceeded to set up their own operations.
Constantinou stated that Cobalt Air’s request would be reviewed within the next four to five months.
With more than 70 years combine experience, the company’s executive team reportedly has an unnamed Cypriot sitting within its board and is currently recruiting locally for various positions.
Kelly, an Australian national, founded Airological Consulting Group and has previously held several high ranking positions at Qantas Airways and Ansett Airlines.
Andrew Pattison, Cobalt Air’s chief operating officer has previously gathered managerial experience at British Airways, Avianova, Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific Airways.
Michael Hayden is the company’s chief commercial officer and has previously worked with Dobrolet, Avianova, Jazeera Airways and EUJet.