Tus Airways preparing to begin Athens flights, Haifa service suspended


Tus Airways is growing its route network after announcing its direct flights between Larnaca and Athens are scheduled to begin on December 1.


Providing four weekly flights – on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday – the route will be serviced by two Fokker 100 jets.



The Larnaca–Athens service was originally scheduled to begin on October 29, but will now commence on December 1.


Additionally, twice weekly flights between Larnaca and Italy’s capital, Rome, are set to start on November 10.


The Rome flights are scheduled to depart each Monday and Friday.




Elsewhere, Tus Airways suspended its Haifa flights ‘until further notice’, although still announcing that it intends to resume operations there at a later stage.


According to CH-Aviation, an airline intelligence provider, the carrier’s Marketing and PR chief for Israel, Nir Grossman, said that conversations to resume the flights are ‘ongoing’.


“We are currently negotiating with the Israel Airports Authority to enable us to resume the flights to/from Haifa,” outlined Grossman to CH-Aviation.



Earlier this week, Hebrew-language daily TheMarker, reported that Haifa’s early closing time was a problem for Tus Airways, citing sources close to the airline.


Delayed flights returning to Israel from Greece or Cyprus were forced to divert to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion as Haifa shuts at 20:00, incurring passenger transfer costs for the Cypriot carrier.


TheMarker also reported that immigration services at Haifa Airport had been ‘less than ideal’.


Losing Tus Airways’ services to/from Haifa “is a blow for the airport which has no other scheduled services,” added CH-Aviation.


Tus Airways has been connecting Haifa to Athens and Larnaca since April, and to Paphos, Rhodes and Kos since June.