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Ryanair-Tel Aviv move irks some Paphos residents

Residents in Paphos have taken to social media to slam Ryanair over what they claim was the airline cancelling popular flights to Athens in favour of less favourable routes to Tel Aviv.

The Irish budget airline has denied that the route changes in Paphos are in anyway related but that has reportedly not appeased local residents in the city who have taken to Facebook to criticise the move.

Ryanair is being essentially accused of using countless excuses to ensure the cancellation of the Paphos-Athens flight in exchange for the Paphos-Tel Aviv flight and accusing them of making a “political move”.

The daily flights to the Israeli capital are expected to get underway later this month.

Ryanair, who had been locked in discussions for the launch of Tel Aviv flights for many years, had previously flown out to Eilat in Southern Israel from four European cities.

Meanwhile, the Paphos Regional Board of Tourism and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) had previously announced new market strategies to welcome Israeli tourists in the city.

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