Air traffic in Cyprus at 82% of year 2019

A total of 9.2 million passengers traveled through Cyprus airports in 2022, according to the senior director of aviation development, marketing and communication for Hermes Airports.

"The year 2022 ended with 9.2 million arriving and departing passengers, a figure that corresponds to approximately 82% of 2019 passenger traffic," said Maria Kouroupi.

Fourteen candidates join race for Cyprus presidency in February vote

Fourteen candidates formally joined the race on Thursday to become Cyprus's next president in an election next month dominated by the island's decades-old division, irregular migration and corruption scandals.

Cyprus has a presidential system of government and the head of state has wide executive powers.

Cyprus and US sign bilateral defense program

Chief of the National Guard Lieutenant General Demokritos Zervakis has expressed satisfaction with the signing of the first Bilateral Defense Cooperation Program between Cyprus and the United States.

"Delighted for the signing of our first ever Cyprus-USA Bilateral Defence Cooperation Program," Lieutenant General Zervakis wrote on his Twitter account.

Minimum wage starts in Cyprus

Cyprus' national minimum wage went into effect on January 1, according to a decree issued by the Minister of Labor and Social Insurance, Kyriacos Koushos. The national minimum wage is set at 940 euros, though, for the first six months of employment, it will come to €885.