A ferry link connecting Cyprus and Greece is nearing completion. Cypriot state officials believe it is reasonable to consider that the route will be finished by May 2021.
The project’s expected delivery date has shifted around for the past years. The latest expectations were for the new route to be operational by this year’s summer. However, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and other obstacles put a stop to any hopes.
According to Cypriot deputy shipping minister Vassilis Demetriades, the May objective remained within reach and it was the government’s goal to have it ready for the 2021 summer season. The 30-hour ferry sailing might feature intermediary stops. Rhodes Island, Greece is currently seen as a contender.
Demetriades further explained that the route, which is expected to connect Limassol and Piraeus, was in its final planning stages. The estimated ticket prices vary between EUR 50-80 presenting a cheaper alternative to flying and made possible due to EU support for the project.
The entire route was scrapped for the first time more than 20 years ago when it proved to be economically untenable. Recent changes to the approach of the European Union and its view on low-carbon alternatives to flying have allowed for funding to find ways to previously discarded transport options.