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19 December, 2006 - 12:31 By Staff Reporter

New routes to Warsaw and Cyprus

As debate on the future course of the aviation industry rumbles on, the sector’s growth in the region continues unabated with the opening of two new routes, servicing both UK holiday-makers and the country’s growing migrant population.Polish low-fares airline, Centralwings marked the beginning of its operations at London Stansted with the arrival of its inaugural flight from Warsaw last week while Monarch airlines announced it is to launch flights from London Luton to Cyprus next year.

“Stansted is an exceptionally attractive base for low-cost carriers,” said CEO of Centralwings, Maciej Kwiatkowski, whose airline will operate three flights per week.

“We are already seeing huge demand from passengers intending to use the route for both business and leisure purposes.”

The four-times-a-week service from London Luton to Larnaca begins on March 26 and is the airport’s first route to the Eastern Med- iterranean. With fares starting at £69.99 one-way including taxes, it intends to combat the stranglehold of the traditional carriers.

Tim Jeans, managing director of Monarch’s scheduled services, said: “Cyprus Airways and British Air-ways have operated a high fares cartel to Cyprus for decades which we’ll break with our widely available, flexible low fares.

“Our new service will be warmly welcomed not just by the growing holiday and overseas property markets in Cyprus, but the 150,000 strong Greek-Cypriot community in London, who’ve been deprived of choice and low fares until now.”

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