Emirates has highlighted its contribution to the local economy and the direct, indirect and induced employment of 560 Cypriots in Dubai and for its daily operations in Cyprus.
In addition to check-in staff and back-office positions, the airline contributes to the Cypriot economy on a daily basis through purchases of a range of goods and services that include airport and landing fees, ground handling and baggage handling, fuel, IT services, advertising, car rentals and chauffeur driver services, and maintenance services. While this activity has a multiplier effect for the Cypriot economy, Emirates also provides Cyprus with a vital link to the East.
“Cyprus was among the first European countries to be served by Emirates joining the Dubai-based global network in 1994,” stated Wes Porter, CEO at Hermes Airports. “From the original three flights per week 21 years ago, today Emirates links Cyprus to Dubai and beyond, on a daily basis, offering an incalculable value to Cyprus in terms of connectivity.
“During the last 21 years, through its uninterrupted service to Cyprus, Emirates has affirmed its commitment to Cyprus by upgrading its capacity to meet the growing passenger demand and enhancing trade opportunities.”
Ranked as a major scheduled carrier out of Cyprus, Emirates links travellers from Cyprus with over 100 destinations via Dubai to the east and with Malta. Emirates presently offers 474 seats into and out of Cyprus – on a daily basis – serving as an ideal carrier for business and leisure travellers from the Far East to visit and do business in Cyprus.
Emirates has reported to have had a direct positive impact on the Cyprus economy itself. In addition to passenger services, Emirates SkyCargo offers a belly-hold capacity of 13 tonnes on Airbus330-200, further increasing trade prospects for Cyprus across the Emirates network. Key exports from Cyprus include pharmaceuticals and refrigerated goods, while the main imports are technical and mechanical equipment, pharmaceuticals, live fish, flowers, and fresh vegetables.