After discussing the matter at hand in a meeting of the House transport committee, Pilides said that the European Commission to Cyprus’ response to the proposal of enhancing the ferry trip among Limassol and Piraeus, is expected soon.
In case that the green light is given, Cyprus will launch tenders, to boost the service's beginning in order to start this summer.
We hope to make it before this year’s summer tourist season.
...said Committee chairman Andreas Kyprianou, noting that the EU Commission appears to views Cyprus’ request positively.
The Shipping Deputy Minister highlighted that shipping companies from Cyprus, Greece and other EU countries have shown their interest.
Moreover, a state grant will be given based on the agreed amount and the company's profits, as it is estimated to be slightly over than €5 million.
The amount of €130 return ticket, does not include the transportation of a vehicle, since a further meeting is scheduled to focus on it. For the records, ferry's trip duration is expected around 30 hours.
Concluding, there have been several calls for the restoration of the ferry connection between those countries, which was ceased back in 2002.