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Cyprus-Greece ferry bookings open on Wednesday

Deputy Ministry of Shipping highlights expanded services and long-term viability


The Deputy Ministry of Shipping announced the commencement of the third season of operation for the Cyprus-Greece Maritime Passenger Link in a press conference held on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

Deputy Minister of Shipping, Marina Hadjimanoli, emphasized the significance attached to the revival of the Cyprus-Greece maritime passenger connection. Launched two years ago, the service exceeded expectations, catering to 7407 passengers, 455 pets, and transporting 2496 accompanying vehicles during the previous season. Hadjimanoli noted the creation of a new tourist market segment for travelers seeking transportation to and from Cyprus and continental Europe with their private cars and motorcycles.

The passenger ferry 'DALEELA,' operating the service for the past two years, will continue to provide improved and quality services to passengers. This year, services from Cyprus will depart from the port of Limassol, with the first sailing scheduled for May 29 and the final sailing from Piraeus to Limassol set for September 3. The booking and ticketing system will open on Wednesday, April 17, allowing travelers to plan their summer journeys via sea passenger service.

Addressing the line's long-term viability, Hadjimanoli expressed optimism based on positive forecasts and data. She stressed the importance of industry interest post-subsidy to ensure uninterrupted Cyprus-Greece maritime connectivity and as a potential catalyst for maritime connections with neighboring countries.

While welcoming efforts to permanently establish a Cyprus-Greece sea passenger route, Hadjimanoli acknowledged factors such as demand, service frequency, and carrier economic viability as determinants. She credited government agencies, departments, DP World, and colleagues at the Deputy Ministry of Shipping for their cooperation and coordination, emphasizing the goal of smooth operation, sustainability, and quality service for passengers.

The initiative aims to foster viable maritime connections and enhance travel options for both locals and tourists, contributing to the region's transportation network and economic development.

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