Cobalt Air, Cyprus’s largest airline announces that it has successfully passed the rigorous International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).  Cobalt becomes the only Cyprus registered airline to hold such a recognition.

The extensive five-day audit covered all the airline’s operational departments and safety systems, demonstrating conformance with the IOSA global safety standards.

CEO Andrew Madar commented:

“The positive progress of COBALT AIR continues. We are proud be the only Cypriot airline holding this coveted global certification for achieving the highest international safety, security and operational standards. This achievement is special because it has been attained just one year after our start of operations. It is a testament to the highly experienced team at COBALT AIR”.

The audit comprised a detailed check against 1035 IATA Standards and Recommended Practices by a six-member independent international audit team. These standards, known in the industry as ISARPs, are the default global benchmark for airline safety.

Meeting and retaining IOSA standards is extremely challenging even for the largest established airlines. Achieving IOSA places COBALT AIR among the elite of the global aviation industry.

This significant milestone independently confirms Cobalt’s commitment and attainment of the highest levels of international safety and quality standards. The airline is now in the process of joining IATA.


Cobalt Air currently serves 16 destinations across 10 different countries from its home in Cyprus. The company was globally recognized as the best Start-up airline of the Year 2017* at an international awards ceremony in London earlier this month.

*The award referenced above is the global, airline Start-up of the Year Award 2017 from CAPA - The Centre for Aviation

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Cobalt flies from Larnaca and Paphos in Cyprus to: London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Moscow, Dublin, Athens, Paris, Madrid, Geneva, Zurich, Frankfurt, Beirut, Tel Aviv and Thessaloniki.