May launch for Cyprus-Greece ferry link ‘realistic’

The launch of a ferry service from Cyprus to Greece in May is a realistic objective, with tickets expected to cost €50 one-way and €80 return, deputy shipping minister Vassilis Demetriades said on Tuesday.

He said that the link, most likely from Limassol to Piraeus, is in the final planning stages as the terms of the tender are being concluded and will be announced in October.

“The May timetable is realistic because we will give candidates two, to two and a half months to study the proposals and it will be within the bidding criteria that the goal is to catch the summer season [2021],” he said.

His comments, at the House committee on energy, trade and tourism may sound familiar.

The ferry link was suspended some 20 years ago prompting complaints about connectivity to the European mainland because of the dependence on air travel as well as higher travel costs. The government had even gone as far as asking the EU to subsidise some air travel, saying Cypriots are at a disadvantage.

Demetriades expressed optimism about the timetable and the viability of the plan going forward.

“If the interest that exists from the public is converted into use [of the ferry] then I feel that the service will be sustainable in itself,” he said.

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