Cyprus holidays might not be ‘as accessible’ in the future but not for reason you think

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Cyprus has remained on the UK’s travel corridor list after recording very few coronavirus cases. Only now is the country experiencing a small coronavirus spike. But the country’s infection rate is still far below that of its European neighbours recording just 10-20 new cases each day.

Cyprus’ case rate per 100,000 people over a seven-day period is 16.7 which is far below the UK’s threshold of 20.

Even then, countries such as Italy (34.8), Sweden (36.1) and Germany (24.4) which have remained firmly above the UK’s infection rate threshold are still on the travel corridor list.

Despite Cyprus’ Covid success and its likely continued longevity on the travel corridor list, the country could become “less accessible”, according to one travel expert.

Express.co.uk spoke to Craig Ashford, Director of Marketing and Communications at TravelUp.

TravelUp is a leading online travel agent which offers great value flights and hotels across a wide range of airlines and destinations.

Ashford explained that Cyprus is a reliable destination due to the fact flights to the country’s southwestern coast city are open all year round.

He explained: “Although the routes will be quieter, Cyprus has a tendency to leave Paphos open and then to shutdown Larnaca.

“It’s still warm enough out there to have an enjoyable holiday.”

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Ashford then explained why holidays to the country could change in the future.

“I think Cyprus as a whole has become increasingly expensive over time anyway – I’m talking over the past four or five years,” Ashford explained.

He added: “I think that’s going to escalate. What I think you’re going to have is those who do want to travel and want a bit of sunshine, will look at Cyprus as an option but will possibly end up paying quite a bit of money to go.

“It’s certainly not going to be as accessible as it was pre-Covid.”

Ashford’s reasoning for this is the country’s increased popularity before and after the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think Cyprus has grown in popularity significantly. It’s usually guaranteed good weather, certainly throughout the summer season,” he said.

Despite Turkey’s popularity this year, Ashford thinks the country pre-Covid was less popular than Cyprus due to “low consumer confidence”.

“Cyprus has been the next best option,” he added.

Skyscanner spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the average flight prices from the UK to the popular holiday destination.

Skyscanner’s site said economy class, return travel from the UK to Cyprus by month from 2018 and 2019 was £237 in October, £167 in November and £234 in December.

However, the travel agency’s current prices are a lot lower which has been the case for many travel companies during the coronavirus pandemic.

The travel agency is currently offering flights from London to Cyprus in October from £60 and November and December from £40.

Jon Thorne, Traveller Expert at Skyscanner commented: “We’ve  seen  that  flight prices  have been significantly lower  than normal  during the last few months and average daily rates are currently still low for the rest of 2020 and 2021.

“Whilst we might see some slight increases as we see more demand for seats and people returning returning to travel, prices will still be on average lower than usual for this time of year.

“For anyone considering booking a flight, they should keep an eye out for flexible options and airlines’ updates while the travel landscape is continuously evolving. 

“Anyone considering booking a flight should keep an eye out for flexible options while the travel landscape is continuously evolving.

“For example, if you’re flexible with dates or your departure airport it’s easy to include this in your search on Skyscanner using our filters to see the best options by price.”

Cyprus’ tourism board has been contacted for comment.

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