Cobalt Air is to fly from London Heathrow to Larnaca from Tuesday 27 March 2018
The airline will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 3 to Larnaca daily. Flights will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft in a two class configuration.
Cobalt Air is a relatively young airline. It first operated under two years ago. It also flies from London Gatwick and Stansted. It is not a member of any of the three major airline alliances.
Cobalt Air is particularly keen to emphaise that it will be offering its latest business product on this route, which offers dedicated seating in a 2-2 configuration and a 40″ seat pitch.
Currently, the London Heathrow – Larnaca routes is the exclusive domain of BA.
It is treated as a short-haul route which means BA offers Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy.
(The now defunct Cyprus Airways sold its one Heathrow slot pair to American Airlines in 2014 for $31 million.)
Given that Cobalt Air will offer a significantly superior business class product to BA’s Club Europe, BA may be forced to effectively switch the route from short-haul to long-haul.
BA made a similar move many years ago, switching Moscow to a combination of long-haul configured Airbus A321s and widebody Boeing aircraft. BA also operates London Heathrow – Tel Aviv, which has a similar flight length to Larnaca, with widebody Boeing aircraft.
The airline since moved its London – Larnaca route to London Stansted. The European Commission today ruled that financial support received by the airline was deemed to be state aid and had to be repaid.
Cyprus Air has confirmed on website that it has now ceased operations after nearly 70 years’ flying.
When airlines do go out of business, it is standard practice for other airlines to offer assistance to stranded passengers and those with future bookings. This usually takes the form of offering seats at special fares or for the price paid for the original ticket, known as “rescue fares”.
Ryanair Rescue Fares
Ryanair has confirmed it is offering rescue fares from €49.99 on the following routes: Athens – Paphos; Thessaloniki – Paphos; and London Stansted – Paphos. Bookings can be made at the following link until next Friday 16 January.
British Airways Rescue Fares
British Airways flies to Larnaca from London Heathrow (Terminal 5) and Gatwick (North Terminal). BA is offering a special fare for travel up to the end of January 2015. This can only be booked via a BA call centre or at a BA ticket desk at Gatwick, Heathrow and Larnaca airports.
There’s more on ba.com The numbers of the BA call centre are 0844 493 0787 (UK) +800 92556 (Cyprus) and +44 203 564 5911 (elsewhere).
easyJet also flies to Larnaca from Gatwick. We should hear in the coming days if it is willing to offer assistance to stranded passengers.
British Airways has announced it is to launch a new, thrice weekly, route from London Gatwick to Larnaca.
The route launches on 30 June 2013 and will operate in addition to BA’s daily service from London Heathrow.
The flight operates on Sunday, Monday and Thursday. As is common for Garwick the flight operates at different times on each operating day.
Flight BA2674 departs at 08:35 on Monday (returning from Larnaca at 16:10), 14:40 on Thursday (returning at 22:05) and 09:25 on Sunday (returning at 17:00). The flight will be operated with a Boeing 737 aircraft.
From a network development point of view there are a couple of interesting points to note.
First this is another new London Gatwick route which, like Barcelona and Las Vegas, operates in parallel to Heathrow. In recent times London Gatwick and Heathrow have tended to maintain broadly distinct networks but the latest Gatwick routes are a reversal of this trend. Heathrow has also moved into Gatwick’s leisure territory with seasonal routes to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Gran Canaria.
Secondly, this is a relatively long range route which indicates where BA sees growth in the difficult short haul market at Gatwick.