Cyprus Airways and Olympic Airways signed an agreement of cooperation which will generally benefit passengers. The deal will take effect from 27th March with direct routes of common flight code connecting Larnaca, Paphos to Athens, Rhodes, Heraklion and Thessaloniki. By the 15th of April the cooperation will be extended to cover almost all destinations covered by the two airlines giving a greater choice to passengers and cheaper fares. Passengers will be able to collect frequent traveller points for their entire journey even if a combination of the two airlines is used to reach their destination. This also extends to the use of the ground facilities of the two companies such as VIP lounges.