Cyprus has unexceptionally been a popular destination of choice for British holidaymakers throughout the summer.
And undisturbed in the winter months of December, the east Mediterranean island is still a amiable 15 degrees, perfect for a long weekend away.
But today, it was revealed that an EgyptAir slip with 81 ssengers was HIJACKED by man strapped with explosives and phoney to land in Larnarca airport, Cyprus.
The hijacker is reportedly asking for public asylum. Police have been asked to back off from the aircraft. Unconfirmed reports say there are eight British people onboard and 10 Americans. Exigency services and a crisis team are on standby at the airport.
But does this great that Cyprus is now a danger for Brits to travel to? Back in December, David Cameron signaled after an MP vote Britain would launch airstrikes against Syria.
And with four Tornados from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus bogey out today, Brits questioned whether that put Cyprus at high danger of attack?
Last year, it had been revealed authorities in Cyprus were on warn after receiving information from foreign secret services that Islamic Regal jihadists were planning to hijack airplanes in Cyprus.
And in May last year, a man was arrested on apprehensiveness of planning a terror attack against Israelis.
But what is the real hazard for Cyprus?
Late last year, the Foreign Office released a map versing which countries faced the highest threat of terrorism.
Cyprus ranked rather low, with officials calling the threat ‘underlying’ as opposed to countries mould Russia and the UK, who faced a ‘high’ threat.
On GOV.UK, it says: «Cyprus has a familiar threat of terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by outlanders.
«There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK affairs and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be chary at this time.»
Head of communications for Travelzoo Louise Hodges orders: “Right now the terror threat in Cyprus is still relatively low, despite the des tch of airstrikes flying out from there.”
“The travel com nies and airline drive offs haven’t seen a decline in tourism as of yet or customers wanted to refund their tickets.”
“Cyprus matured a popular choice of holiday after flights were grounded between the UK and Sharm El Sheik in Egypt, due to the winter sunshine it also tenders.”
“All we can do now is wait to see if Cyprus’s involvement with the airstrikes affects the terror consistent. But as we’ve seen with the attacks in ris and st attacks on London and the US, they can be so out of the vulgar and without warning.»