Cyprus Traveller caught up with Adrian Tighe, chief commercial officer at Monarch Airlines to find out just why the carrier’s flights are among the most popular for UK tourists.
CT: Monarch is among the UK’s most popular airlines flying to Cyprus. From where do you fly to the island?
Adrian: Monarch flies to two destinations in Cyprus; Larnaka and Pafos. From Birmingham we fly to Larnaka year-round and Pafos for the summer. From Leeds Bradford we fly to Larnaka year-round. From London Gatwick we fly to Larnaka and Pafos year-round. From London Luton we fly to Larnaka year-round.
CT: How popular are the Monarch flights to Cyprus with your passengers?
Adrian: The demand for Cyprus peaked two summers ago and has been strong for us ever since. Larnaka is slightly more popular than Pafos with our customers, with double the capacity. Both routes are successful, especially during the summer season. Pafos however performs slightly better in the winter. The summer period is our busiest time of the year for flights to Cyprus. From June through to September our Cyprus routes are some of the most popular on our network.
CT: What would you put down as the main reasons for flights to Cyprus being among the most popular across the Monarch network?
Adrian: I think the weather, the food and the culture are the main reasons Brits travel to Cyprus. Both Pafos and Larnaka have year-round sun which is a big attraction to our customers, whether it is summer holidays or going away for some winter sun. Sun seekers will be in the heat after a short five hour flight. The white sandy beaches and wide variety of water sports, including diving, are just some of the many reasons why people visit Cyprus. Traditional Cypriot food is also a big attraction with diverse fresh flavours on offer.
CT: What can we expect from Monarch moving forward?
Adrian: We have recently launched our summer 2016 programme where we will be flying to Cyprus during the summer months from four of our five UK bases.