Cyprus extends ban on all flights until 28 May

Cyprus has extended a ban on all inbound and outbound flights for another two weeks until 28 May as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, news wires reported.

Cyprus' Transport Ministry said on Monday that only cargo flights, inbound flights of empty aircraft intending to fly out those wishing to depart the island nation and emergency and humanitarian flights are exempt.

The EU Member State first imposed a flight ban on 21 March amid a strict lockdown. Cyprus authorities are still trying to come up with ways of safely bringing back travelers to the tourism-reliant country. Cyprus has been conservatively estimated to lose 60% of its annual tourist arrivals this year.  

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