Cobalt operated flight to Larnaca makes emergency landing in Athens

Everjets
A pressurization control system sensor indicating that a compression valve was not in position, was the cause of the emergency landing at Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens on Saturday, by the Portuguese Everjets Airbus A320-232 flight FCB729 from Thessaloniki to Larnaca on behalf of Cyprus-based Cobalt.

According to flight details, the plane with 165 passengers on board while flying at 23,000 feet over Alonissos, alerted the pilot that a compression valve was not in position.

Despite indications that the pressure in the craft was normal and did not show signs of instability, the pilot, following company protocol, decided to bring the plane to a safe altitude, and to ask permission for an emergency landing.

The pilot brought the plane down to 10,000 feet and headed towards Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens.

Due to heavy air traffic and since the plane did not appear to be in any immediate danger, flight control requested the plane to circle the airport at 7,000 feet until it was given permission to land.

The plane circled the airport three times before landing at noon.

The plane has had a clean flight record without serious problems and was under Greek registry before being sold to Everjets in March.

About Larnaca Comment
Cobalt has not had the best start up in Cyprus and naturally questions are being asked overall about the safety and comfort of travelling with this new airline operating from Cyprus. Logical comparisons are also being made with Helios that suffered the fatal plane crash in 2005. Like Helios bad news for Cobalt will just not go away!

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Dhekalia road is finally set for a much needed facelift

Offshore companies that set up their operations at Larnaca port appear set to shut shop and dismantle their installations, opening the way for broader development in the area.

The move stems from their operational licenses reaching their end date.

The companies affected are Noble (whose license expired last Friday), Medserv Cyprus, Gulf Agency, AFS Cyprus Offshore Services and Supply Ltd whose licenses expire at the end of August, MULTIMARINE SERVICES LTD whose license ends at the end of September, and STL OIL & GAS SERVICES (CYPRUS) LTD whose license expires in November.

The licenses which were given in 2013-2014 to the companies, who had immediate interest in offshore hydrocarbon exploration were granted licenses to operate from Larnaca port until no later than the summer of 2016, and the end of their operations coincides with the programmed dismantling of the fuel installations of EKO, ESSO, PETROLINA and the old distillery and the removal of the gas installations from the town.

The removal of the offshore companies from the port and dismantling of the fuel installations and depending on the results of tests conducted on the subsurface of the area will determine the time schedule for the changes expected along the Larnaca coast stretching from the marina to Oroklini.

The area is earmarked for residential, commercial and touristic development and is part of the greater Larnaca development project.
 
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Sounds promising, but the Larnaca  Communicuty will only believe it when they see it! 

Cyprus ‘Road Map’ agreed on

 
Whilst all eyes are on the next leader’s meeting on the 23 August, a ‘road map’ has been agreed upon between the two sides if everything goes to plan.

Kibris Postasi newspaper which carries the article said that according to diplomatic sources, the leaders have agreed to meet seven times from 23 August to 14 September to discuss issues with aim of minimalising the differences in order to carry the process on further to the UN General Council meeting thereafter.

The paper goes on to say that until now there has been 90% agreement on four chapters except for territory and guarantees. Some of the issues in the various chapters have been ‘parked’ for further negotiation later.

According to the ‘road map; a five-way conference with the participation of the guarantor countries –Turkey, Greece and Britain – is being aimed for early November in order to discuss guarantees and securities. If a ‘framework agreement’ is reached in this conference, a detailed plan will be prepared so that the sides can present it to the people by March 2017 for a referendum.
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