Tus Airways (U8, Larnaca) has suspended its Haifa flights 'until further notice', but has said that it intends to resume operations at the Israeli airport at a later stage.

In a statement to ch-aviation, Tus's Head of Marketing and PR Israel, Nir Grossman says that conversations are ongoing.

"We are currently negotiating with the Israeli airport authority to enable us to resume the flights to/from Haifa," Grossman said.

Earlier this week, The Marker reported that Haifa's early closing time was a problem for Tus, citing sources close to the airline. Delayed flights returning to Israel from Greece or Cyprus were forced to divert to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion as Haifa shuts at 20:00, incurring passenger transfer costs for the Cypriot carrier. The Marker also reports that immigration services at Haifa had been less than ideal.

The loss of Tus at Haifa is a blow for the airport which has no other scheduled services. Tus has been connecting Haifa to Athens Int'l and Larnaca since April, and to Paphos, Rhodes and Kos Hippocrates since June.