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Cobalt Airlines, also known as Cobalt Aero, is the flag carrier of Cyprus, based at Larnaca International Airport in Larnaca, Cyprus.
The airline operates a route structure across the UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, Greece and Moscow.
Cobalt Airlines flies to the following destinations including Zurich, Birmingham, Manchester, London Stansted, Moscow, Beirut, Tel Aviv, Dublin, Tehran, Madrid, Brussels, Paris, Chania, Heraklion, Paphos, Thessaloniki, Athens, Larnaca and Moscow.
Additionally the airline has special rights to the East and South of Europe. Cobalt Aero does not only bring the world to Cyprus as an attractive destination, but also uses Cyprus as hub to connect Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Cobalt Airlines was founded in 2015 after Cyprus Airways went into liquidation. The airline operated its first service in July 2016 from Larnaca to Athens and in March 2017, Cobalt Airlines announced it was commencing flight services from Paphos to Athens. Cobalt Airlines is redefining the low-cost travel sector by combining the price flexibility and cost advantages of the low-cost carrier business model with a high-tech in-flight service delivery.
The airline is strategically positioned from its headquarters in Cyprus, Cobalt Airlines services a market of over a billion potential travelers with a product to appeal to both business and leisure travel segments.
Cobalt Airlines operates a single type Airbus fleet from the A320 family of aircraft including the A319 and A320 throughout the network. The airlines will have 7 aircraft in operation by 2017.
Israel - Tel Aviv
Lebanon - Beirut
Belgium - Brussels
Cyprus - Larnaca
Cyprus - Paphos
France - Paris
Germany - Frankfurt (begins 1 November 2017)
Greece - Athens
Greece - Chania
Greece - Heraklion
Greece - Thessaloniki
Ireland - Dublin - Dublin Airport
Spain - Madrid
Switzerland - Geneva (begins 13 May 2018)
Switzerland - Zürich
United Kingdom - Birmingham
United Kingdom - Heathrow (begins 24th January 2018)
United Kingdom - London - Gatwick Airport (begins 30 October 2017)
United Kingdom - Stansted Airport
United Kingdom - Manchester
Cobalt Airlines allows passengers to take up to 3 items per passenger.
Passengers can buy 3 x 15kg or 3 x 20kg.
10th March 2018
Cobalt Air becomes only Iata registered airline in Cyprus
The move will enable the carrier to collaborate with other international airlines who are members of the association on issues such as code-share and interline agreements.
“Over time this means that Cobalt will be able to offer the Cypriot population and people overseas a wide range of global travel connections,” the airline said.
Chief executive Andrew Madar said: “The positive progress of Cobalt Air continues. We are proud to join the international aviation family of Iata members.
“This achievement is special because it has been attained just one year after our start of operations. It is a testament to the highly experienced team at Cobalt.”
Iata regional vice president for Europe, Rafael Schvartzman, said: “Cyprus and aviation are intertwined, so we are extremely happy to welcome Cobalt Air to the Iata family, and have a member airline in this great country.
“We look forward to partnering together for the benefit of Cyprus and its connectivity with Europe and the world.”
24th January 2018
Cobalt to launch flights to Heathrow
Cobalt Air on Tuesday announced a new daily service beginning March 27 linking London Heathrow directly with Larnaca, starting from less than €55 one-way.
Cobalt said it was now the only airline offering connections to Cyprus from London’s three main airports: Heathrow, Gatwick and London Stansted.
“I am delighted to add London Heathrow to our UK network which is a key market for Cyprus tourism and business. Cobalt has quickly become the preferred airline of the Cypriot people,” Cobalt Air CEO Andrew Madar said.
The Heathrow route will feature Cobalt’s new business class product with more leg room and 2×2 seating and the flight schedule is timed to appeal to both business and leisure passengers, the airline said.
Flights will depart Larnaca at lunchtime, 12.45 and arrive into Heathrow T3 at 15.45. On the way back, flights leave Heathrow T3 at 17.20 and arrive in Larnaca at 23.50.
All timings are local.
Cobalt will use an Airbus A320 aircraft with 12 seats in business class and 144 seats in economy class.
31st October 2017
Cobalt launches its second London and first Moscow services
Cobalt launched flights to London Gatwick from Larnaca on 30 October, with the South London airport becoming the carrier’s second operation in the UK capital after London Stansted. Seen cutting the cake on the apron at Gatwick on the day of the inauguration are Simon Edwards, Airline Business Development Manager, Gatwick Airport and Andrew Madar, Cobalt CEO. The airline will offer six weekly flights between Larnaca and Gatwick.
Cobalt launched flights between Paphos and Moscow Sheremetyevo on 29 October, with it becoming the carrier’s first-ever service to Russia. Seen at the launch of flights to the Russian capital airport are: Alexander Nikonov, Head of Foreign Airlines Division, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport; Paul Simmons, Commercial Director, Cobalt; and Kostas Kostantinou, Country Representative for Russia, Cobalt. The airline will operate the 2,395-kilometre route twice-weekly (Sundays and Thursdays). This route becomes Cobalt’s second link from Paphos after Athens.
16th October 2017
Cobalt Air launches new route to Moscow
Cobalt Air, the Cypriot airline, announced a new route from Paphos Airport to Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport as part of its Winter 2017 schedule.
Flights to Moscow begin on 29 October each Thursday and Sunday.
Cobalt Air continues to connect Cyprus via Larnaca and Paphos airports to major business and leisure centres on high frequency, value fare services including Athens (daily), London (daily via Stansted & Gatwick) as well as Frankfurt making Cobalt Air the ideal choice for business and leisure customers.
Cobalt Air CEO, Andrew Madar said: “We are pleased to expand our routes for Winter 2017 by launching Paphos Airport to Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. Russian visitors and residents alike can look forward to trying the Cobalt Air experience and a range of destination choices so there’s never been a better time to book a flight on Cobalt Air.”
20th September 2017
Dublin Airport announces new year-round services to Cyprus, Miami
Cyprus-based airline Cobalt Air will extend its summer service to operate year round flights between Dublin and Larnaca, according to a release by Dublin Airport.
The airline initially started a twice weekly service between July and September in 2016.
Welcoming the decision, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘Dublin-Larnaca was one of Cobalt Air’s first routes and today’s announcement that the route will be a year round service is testament to its success and popularity.’
‘Cyprus is a very popular destination for Irish holidaymakers seeking a sunshine break. We will continue to work with Cobalt Air to ensure its continued success,’ he added.
A Cobalt Air spokesman said, ‘This continues our commitment to the Irish market which has flocked to Cyprus in record numbers this summer. Irish visitors can look forward to a wider range of onward connections from Larnaca, including Tel Aviv so there’s never been a better time to book a flight on Cobalt Air.’
Dublin Airport also recently announced the launch of Aer Lingus’ new direct transatlantic service to Miami. Aer Lingus will operate its new three times weekly service – on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – on a year-round basis.
‘We are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus’ new transatlantic service to Miami,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison. ‘This new route offers further choice and flexibility for both business and leisure passengers.’
Transatlantic traffic at Dublin Airport has increased by 67 percent in the past five years and Dublin is the fifth largest airport in Europe for North American connectivity after Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, Harrison added.
Dublin Airport has direct flights to over 185 destinations in 41 countries operated by a total of 47 airlines. More than 16.9 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in the first seven months of the year, which is a six percent increase on the same period in 2016, the airport noted.
29th August 2017
Cobalt Air to launch flights to Moscow before year-end
Cobalt Air, which launched operations in July 2016, has announced plans to launch a service between Larnaca and Moscow before the end of this year. CEO Andrew Madar shared the plans with Russian Aviation Insider, but did not reveal which of Moscow’s three airports the carrier has chosen.
Cobalt Air initially intended to launch the service in the summer but failed to complete all the formalities on time, Madar said. He noted however that Moscow is a very important destination for his airline because it generates traffic all year round, unlike other, highly seasonal places. This is because there are many Russians residing on Cyprus, and the two countries also have “historic ties”, he explained.
Additionally, the Cypriot carrier expects to generate some transit traffic from Moscow to fill its flights on to Tel Aviv and Beirut.
Madar also confirmed the airline’s interest in St. Petersburg as a possible destination, but only from next year as the airline is currently lacking capacity to launch the route. No other Russian cities appear to be appealing enough to the carrier.
Cobalt Air was founded in 2015, following the collapse of the country’s national carrier Cyprus Airways. It has a vague link with Russia, as one of the figures behind the airline’s development is Andrew Pyne, formerly a senior manager of long-since-deceased Russian LCC Avianova. Cobalt Air operates a fleet of six Airbus A320 family aircraft to 16 destinations outside Cyprus.
24th July 2017
Condor outlines leased Cobalt Aero A319 service in S17
Condor in the second-half of summer 2017 season is leasing A319 aircraft from Cobalt Aero, supporting its operation at Frankfurt. Planned Cobalt Aero A319 operation between July and October 2017 as follows;
Cobalt Airlines announced it was now offering 2 x weekly service from Manchester (MAN) to Larnaca from 1st July 2017
In addition, Cobalt Airlines fly daily from London Stanstead to Larnaca (LCA).
Flight Numbers Information:
Manchester - Larnaca
WED: CO:GP659 15:15 - 22:00
SAT: CO:GP659 15:30 - 22:15
Larnaca - Manchester
WED: CO:GP658 10:55 - 14:15
SAT: CO:GP658 11:10 - 14:30
The A320 single-aisle jetliner family (composed of the A318, A319, A320 and A321) is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. It is used in a full range of services from very short-haul airline routes to intercontinental segments, on operations from challenging in-city airports to high-altitude airfields and on Antarctic ice runways. Cobalt is committed to the delivery of its own aircraft but may from time to time need the support of our wet-leasing partners to meet operational needs.
3rd July 2017
Cobalt Air announces it has extended its arrangement with airline representation firm APG to include the UK and Ireland.
Cobalt Air currently operates 13 weekly flights to the UK and Ireland with non-stop services from its hub in Larnaca to Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham and Dublin. APG will be provide sales and marketing services as well as call centre facilities as part of the agreement. The company already partners with Cobalt Air in Belgium, France, Israel and Spain. Iata will be able to book Cobalt Air flights from Stansted and Manchester via GDS and issue tickets via BSP UK through a code share agreement with APG which has its own GP airline code.Cobalt Air’s flights to Birmingham and Dublin will be available shortly under the same code share arrangement. The airline operates scheduled services using a fleet of six Airbus A319s and A320s from its home base at Larnaca to airports in Greece, the UK, Belgium, Spain, Israel, Ireland, and France and has recently announced flights to Iran.
19th May 2017
Cobalt Chairman and former board member in joint bid for Bulgarian Airport
A company run by former Cobalt director Urs Meisterhans is bidding for a Bulgarian airport concession with a firm owned by the airline’s chairman Gregory Diacou, Bulgaria’s financial news-site Capital.bg
Prinz von Preussen Capital Ltd, a company run by Meisterhans, is the leader of the Silk Road Plovdiv Airport (DZZD) consortium, one of the three bidders, Capital.bg said, citing the website of Bulgaria’s ministry of transport. Prinz von Preussen Capital is affiliated with Switzerland’s Prinz von Preussen AG.
Cyprus’s Pictet Capital, owned by Diacou, is a partner in Silk Road Plovdiv Airport together with VVL Consulting, a Bulgarian company, the news-site reported. Pictet Capital, not related to the Swiss financial group Pictet, is owner of 49 per cent of Cobalt New Age Airlines Group, which launched its flight operations last year.
The other two bidders are the Consortium Plovdiv Airport and consortium of Hainan and Plovdiv Airport Invest, according to the website of the Bulgarian transport ministry.
“The concession of Plovdiv Airport aims to attract a financially stable investor with experience in the management, operation and development of airports,” the ministry said. “Thus, will be ensured the future development of the airport. The concession will help to improve the existing airport infrastructure, meet international standards and categories, generate traffic and develop business activities in the region”.
Capital.bg reported that the duration of the concession is 35 years and that candidates are required to prove that they have managed international airports with a passenger volume of 450,000 in five years. The average of 90,000 a year is slightly below Plovdiv airport’s annual passenger traffic.
Prinz von Preussen Capital was listed last year on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange.
Both, the Consortium Plovdiv Airport and Hainan and Plovdiv Airport Invest, said that they intend to expand the airport’s cargo capacity, according to Capital.bg adding that Hainan and Plovdiv Airport Invest also intends to introduce passenger flights to and from China three times a week.
The Swiss bidder’s plans on the other hand remain unknown.
9th May 2017
Cobalt Air announces the airline will increase flight operations between Manchester and Larnaca for Summer 2017
Following a succesful year after the airline's initial start up, the Cypriot airline will add a 3rd weekly flight from Manchester to Larnaca and also offer year round flights.
Cobalt Airlines announced it was launching two new routes, including service to Beirut and expanded service to Greece. Cypriot carrier Cobalt Air recently announced that they will add additional frequencies on their Manchester flight from Larnaca. They will be adding a third weekly flight to Ringway during the Summer 2017 season. Cobalt was founded in 2015 and launched its first commercial flight in July 2016. It was started by CEO Andrew Pyne before Andrew Madar took over in August 2016. The airline’s first aircraft arrived in April 2016 and by May, they were given their Air Operators Certificate to launch operations to Dublin, Athens, Heraklion, Thessaloniki, London, and Manchester.
Recently, Cobalt Airlines announced that it was adding another destination from Larnaca to Tehran. Cobalt Airlines operates weekly Flights from Larnaca Airport to Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport depart Thursdays until August 7. Cobalt will increases flights to Tehran to twice a week (Monday and Thursday) from August 7.
Cyprus (Larnaca; Paphos)
Greece (Athens; Thessaloniki; Heraklion; Chania)
United Kingdom (Birmingham; Manchester)
Israel (Tel Aviv)
Russia (Moscow; St. Petersburg)
Cobalt Airlines operates an type Airbus fleet from the A320 family of aircraft including the A319 and A320 throughout our network.
The A320 single-aisle jetliner family (composed of the A318, A319, A320 and A321) is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. It is used in a full range of services from very short-haul airline routes to intercontinental segments, on operations from challenging in-city airports to high-altitude airfields and on Antarctic ice runways.
Cobalt Air Airbus A319-100
Cobalt Air Airbus A320-200
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