The transport ministry has said that a complaint has been made by the Civil Aviation department to EasyJet (a low budget airline which is owned by Sir Stelios Haji-ioannou, a Britsh Greek Cypriot). after lost luggage was sent to Ercan/Tymbou airport in North Cyprus instead of to Paphos or Larnaca.
Earlier in the week it was reported that a Greek Cypriot actress lost her luggage in the final leg of her journey while travelling from the USA to Paphos via Berlin and Budapest.
On Monday she received a call from Ercan/Tymbou airport that her luggage had arrived and she could collect it from the airport.
It was reported that the luggage was left behind in Berlin when the actress boarded the EasyJet flight for the final part of her journey. She had arranged with the airline for the luggage to be delivered to either Paphos or Larnaca airport in South Cyprus with the companies next available flight.
Reports have stated that the ground handling services at the Berlin airport (working in agreement with Easyjet loaded the luggage on the next available flight to the island. The flight was with Turkish Airways traveling via Turkey.
The transport ministry gave a written statement that the Cyprus Civil Aviation authorities are unable to interfere with the process of handling and dispatching luggage from other countries to the Republic of Cyprus in any way. That the luggage ended up at the in Ercan/Tymbou following arrangements made by the airline the passenger was travelling with.
The ministry also state that the Civil Aviation has requested an explanation from the EasyJet with regards to the matter and asked for procedures to be examined “to avoid similar incidents in the future since such actions are contrary to European and international regulations”.