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Larnaca Airport

Larnaca Airport was developed in the latter half of 1974 after Cyprus was invaded by Turkey. Since then, it has seen a steady progress. It started with two airlines, Cyprus Airways and Olympic Airways with a runway that was too short for jet aircraft. It is now double its original size and handles a huge number of passengers between Europe and the Middle East. It has been ranked sixty fourth among the busiest top hundred airports in Europe. Larnaca airport is being managed by Hermes Airports Limited since May 2006 under a twenty five year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concession pact with the Republic of Cyprus. The old terminal was closed and the new terminal for passengers built by them was opened in 2009. At present it handles seven and half million passengers every year which would be further enhanced to nine million passengers per year with the completion of second phase in 2013. The website will elaborate on the review in greater detail.

Larnaca Airport is located 5 kilometers south-west of Larnaca city centre. There are various kinds of road transport available which makes it easily accessible and tourists also find it convenient to move out to their favorite destinations in Cyprus with information supplied by the travel desk of different transport company. There are pay parking area where people drive in their own vehicle, park their car and move on to the departure gate in the buses provided by the parking service. When they return, the buses pick them up from the arrival and bring them back to the parking lot.

The new terminal has been designed in such a way that it caters to the convenience and comforts of the passengers. One main passenger terminal has departures on the upper level and arrivals at ground level. Besides the sixteen boarding bridges that connect the main terminal with aircrafts, there are shuttle buses for the convenience of passengers during heavy traffic. There is a separate VIP terminal for visiting Heads of State and other dignitaries. There is a cargo terminal, a huge engineering hangar, and separate facilities for fuelling and provisioning lighter aircraft. Other than the single large apron for all passenger aircrafts, there is a separate smaller apron for parking cargo aircrafts as well as private aircraft. There are also separate spaces for small aircraft for flying institutes and private aircrafts.

There is a VIP business lounge at Larnaca Airport that has a good choice of drinks and restaurants. There is also a big shopping area having duty free shops selling luxury goods, stationery, toys, sporting goods, alcoholic beverages, electronic goods, tobacco products etc. of all renowned brands. There are more than nineteen eateries and tourists can specially taste the delectable cuisines of Cyprus with many varieties of fresh sea food. There are plans to convert the old terminal into a huge shopping arcade. Larnaca airport has been thoughtfully designed to facilitate people with special needs. There are special toilets, wheelchairs, lifts, micro-lifts, and car parking spaces catering to the needs of special people.

The staff and security at Larnaca airport are extremely efficient and illegal trafficking and all complaints of theft are strictly dealt with. When the development gets completed in 2013, the overview will highlight all the facilities provided and make the experience at the Larnaca airport a fond remembrance for people who mostly travel to Cyprus as tourists. With the continuous progress and Hermes incentive scheme to encourage airlines to add more routes and markets to Cyprus, it is way ahead for Larnaca Airport.

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