Larnaca International Airport

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Larnaca International Airport
Διεθνής Aερολιμένας Λάρνακας
Larnaka Uluslararası Havaalanı
Larnaca International Airport night Republic of Cyprus.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Hermes Airports Ltd
Serves Larnaca, Limassol & southeast Nicosia
Location Larnaca, Cyprus
Hub for Aegean Airlines
Coordinates Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
LCA/LCLK is located in Cyprus
Location within Cyprus
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 2,994 9,823 Asphalt
Passengers (2014)[1] Increase 5,320,173
Aircraft movements (2011) Increase 50,329
Cargo tonnage (2008) Increase 37,529
Source: Cypriot AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]

Larnaca International Airport (Greek: Διεθνής Aερολιμένας Λάρνακας; Turkish: Larnaka Uluslararası Havaalanı) (IATA: LCAICAO: LCLK) is an international airport located 4 km (2.5 mi) southwest[2] of Larnaca, Cyprus. Larnaca International Airport is Cyprus' main international gateway and the larger of the country's two commercial airports, the other being Paphos International Airport on the island's southwestern coast.


The airport has one primary passenger terminal. Departures are accommodated on the upper level, while arrivals at the ground level. A second "VIP terminal" also exists, which is used for visiting Heads of State, some private aviation, and for cargo.

The airport utilises a single large apron for all passenger aircraft. There are 16 jetways (boarding bridges), connecting the main terminal with aircraft, while there is a provision for utilization of shuttle buses to convey passengers during hours of extreme traffic. Infrastructure also features a large engineering hangar, a cargo terminal, and separate facilities for fuelling and provisioning light aircraft. There is a second, smaller apron where cargo aircraft and private aircraft are often parked. There are also spaces for smaller aircraft for flying schools and privately owned aircraft separate from the main two aprons.


Old Airport terminal closed down in 2008

Larnaca Airport was hastily developed towards the end of 1974 after the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey on 20 July of the same year,[3] which forced the closure of Nicosia International Airport. The site on which it was built (near the Larnaca Salt Lake), had been previously used as an airfield in the 1930s and, subsequently, as a military installation by the British forces. Larnaca International opened on 8 February 1975, with only limited infrastructure facilities and a prefabricated set of buildings comprising separate halls for departures and arrivals. The first airlines to use the new airport were Cyprus Airways using Viscount 800s leased from British Midland and Olympic Airways using NAMC YS-11s. Initially, the runway at Larnaca International was too short for jet aircraft.

Nowadays, Larnaca Airport is used as a hub by passengers travelling between Europe and the Middle East, though between 1994-1996 a twice-weekly Gulf Air flight provided non-stop service to New York JFK airport.[4] The status of Cyprus as a major tourist destination means that air traffic has steadily risen to over 5 million passengers a year. This is double the capacity the airport was first designed for. For this reason, a tender was put out in 1998 to develop the airport further and increase its capacity (see below). Already completed elements of the expansion include a new control tower, fire station, runway extension, and additional administrative offices. The surrounding road network was improved by upgrading the B4 road and by completing the A3 Motorway.

The New Larnaca International Airport opened in 2010.

A new junction has been constructed near the new terminal. The new terminal was built some 500–700 m (1,600–2,300 ft) west of the old terminal, adjacent to the new control tower, with new aprons and jetways. The old terminal building is slated to be partially demolished and refurbished as a cargo centre, and is currently used as a private terminal for visiting heads of state, VIPs, and private aircraft operators.

The concept architectural design of the passenger terminal was developed by French architects at Aéroports de Paris (ADP) with Sofréavia in France. Detail and Tender design was completed in Cyprus by 1998, with local architectural office Forum Architects and a large engineering team under the coordination of ADP.[citation needed] The design was later used as a base for the BOT projects of both Larnaca and Pafos International Airports though significant changes were made mainly on "value engineering" grounds. A large amount of controversy spurred by the local media surrounded the granting of the contract when it was put out to tender. A consortium led by BAA and Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P) construction quickly pulled out when it did not receive assurances from the government of Cyprus that it would receive financial compensation in the event that direct flights were allowed between the Northern Cyprus of the island and the rest of the world. The contract was eventually hastily granted to the next best bidder, the French led 'Hermes' Consortium. This too, was not free of controversy, causing legal challenges by BAA and J&P, and adding further delays to a much needed project.[citation needed]

New terminal

A €650m upgrade of the Larnaca and Paphos airports has been completed.[5] The international tender was won by Hermes Airports, a French-led group. The consortium is made up of Bouygues Batiment International (22%) Egis Projects (20%), the Cyprus Trading Corporation (a local retail group-10%), Iacovou Brothers (a local contractor-10%), Hellenic Mining (10%), Vancouver Airport Services (10%), Ireland's Dublin Airport Authority (Aer Rianta International) (10%), Charilaos Apostolides (a local construction company-5%) and Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (3%). Hermes Airports built new passenger terminals and plans to extend the runways at both airports under a 25-year concession.

A new terminal building opened on 7 November 2009.[6] It has 16 jetways (boarding bridges), 67 check in counters, 8 self check-in kiosks, 48 departure gates, 2,450 parking spots. The new terminal can handle 7.5 million passengers per year.

The second phase, to be completed in 2013, provides for the expansion of the new terminal to handle 9 million passengers a year, and for a 500 m (1,600 ft) runway extension. The design of the new 98,000 m2 (1,050,000 sq ft) terminal includes 16 boarding bridges[7][8]

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens, Beirut, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Heraklion, Kiev-Boryspil (begins 3 May 2016), Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
operated by Rossiya
Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo (begins 27 March 2016),[9] Saint Petersburg
Air Berlin Zürich (begins 25 March 2016)
Air Moldova Chişinău
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
airBaltic Riga
Arkia Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Belavia Minsk
Blue Air Athens, Bucharest, London-Luton (begins 25 April 2016), Thessaloniki
Seasonal charter: Chania, Corfu, Kavala, Preveza, Skiathos[10]
British Airways London-Heathrow
Bulgaria Air Sofia
easyJet Berlin-Schönefeld, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse
Edelweiss Air Zürich
operated by EgyptAir Express
Emirates Athens (begins 1 March 2016),[11] Dubai-International, Malta (ends 29 February 2016)[12]
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Georgian Airways Seasonal charter: Yerevan[13]
Germania Munich, Stuttgart (begins 3 May 2016)
Germania Flug Zürich (begins 25 March 2016)[14]
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn
Gulf Air Bahrain
Helvetic Airways Seasonal charter: Bern (begins 13 May 2016), Zürich
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund (begins 18 April 2016), Norrköping, Örebro Seasonal: East Midlands, Edinburgh (begins 25 May 2016),[15] Glasgow-International, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels (begins 4 May 2016)[16]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Munich
Seasonal: Frankfurt
Mahan Air Seasonal charter: Tehran-Imam Khomeini[17]
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, London-Gatwick, London-Luton
Seasonal: Leeds Bradford
Niki Vienna
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Kazan, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Samara[18]
Norwegian Air Shuttle London-Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki
Seasonal charter: Bergen, Stavanger
operated by Scandinavian Airlines
Seasonal: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo–Gardermoen (begins 14 May 2016), Stockholm-Arlanda
Orenair Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg[19]
Pegas Fly Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo[20]
Qatar Airways Doha
Qeshm Airlines Seasonal charter: Tehran-Imam Khomeini[21]
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia
Ryanair Brussels (begins 18 January 2016)
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen, Kristiansand, Luleå, Oslo-Gardermoen, Trondheim, Umeå (begins 9 May 2016)
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick, Manchester, Vilnius[22]
operated by Travel Service
Seasonal: Prague
TAROM Bucharest
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted (begins 26 May 2016), Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Malmö, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Växjö
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster (resumes 1 June 2016), East Midlands, Edinburgh (begins 4 May 2016), Exeter, Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
Travel Service Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Warsaw-Chopin[23][24]
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Malmö, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
operated by El Al
Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Ural Airlines Krasnodar, Moscow-Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg (begins 27 April 2016)
Seasonal: Yekaterinburg
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Rome-Fiumicino
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Iași (begins 1 July 2016), Katowice, Kiev-Zhulyany, Sofia, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin
Yamal Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo


Airlines Destinations
CAL Cargo Air Lines Liège, New York-JFK, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
TNT Airways Athens

Ground transport

Lane outside the Airport only available for shuttle buses.

The airport can be reached by car, taxi and public transport system. There is a shuttle bus system from/to both Limassol[25] and Nicosia.

Local buses are available at the airport to various locations in Larnaca.

Incidents and accidents

  • On 13 October 1977, Lufthansa Flight 181, flying from Palma de Mallorca to Frankfurt, with 91 passengers and crew was hijacked by four Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) members, and was diverted and landed in turn at the airports in Rome, Larnaca, Bahrain and Dubai.[26] The Boeing 737 was then forced to fly on to Mogadishu Airport, Somalia, where a German antiterrorist squad stormed the plane, killing three hijackers, arresting one and rescuing all passengers.
  • On 19 February 1978, Larnaca Airport was the scene of the Egyptian raid on Larnaca International Airport: a 1-hour gun battle between Unit 777, an Egyptian military counter-terrorism force, who had raided Larnaca International, and the Cypriot National Guard.
    The crisis had begun the previous day, when Youssef Sebai, editor of a prominent Egyptian newspaper and friend of Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat, was assassinated at the Nicosia Hilton hotel by two gunmen as he was preparing to address the Afro-Asian Peoples’ Solidarity Organization (AAPSO) conference being held at the hotel. The gunmen, a Jordanian and a Kuwaiti, opposed to the Sadat regime, took 50 hostages among the conference attendees, including two representatives of the PLO who happened to be attending the conference. Non-Arab delegates and women were released shortly. Yasser Arafat, with the Cypriot president's agreement, dispatched an unarmed force of 16 to assist with negotiations and any possible rescue operation.
    Through negotiations with the Cypriot government, the two attackers were allowed to board a plane to escape with their 15 remaining hostages, including the two PLO hostages. They forced the plane to approach several countries including Libya and Syria but each time their request to land was refused, so after refueling in Djibouti, the plane was forced to return to Larnaca Airport. Egypt then dispatched its entire antiterrorist squad aboard a C-130 Hercules to deal with the hijacking; however, they did so without the knowledge or consent of the Cypriot government.
    On landing in Larnaca, the commandos launched an all-out assault on the DC-8, even as Cypriot negotiators had secured the hostage-takers' surrender. Cypriot President Spyros Kyprianou and other senior officials observing the events on site were forced to retreat from the airport control tower after it was hit by bullets. Eventually the Egyptian commandos surrendered to the Cypriot forces. The two hijackers were persuaded by the British pilots to give up. The hostages exited the aircraft unharmed once the shooting was over. The Cypriots counted eight wounded. 15 members of the 74-man Egyptian Unit 777 died. President Kyprianou offered reconciliation and apologies, but maintained that Cyprus could not have allowed the Egyptians to act. Egypt and Cyprus each withdrew their diplomatic missions, and frosty relations between the two countries persisted for some time. The two hijackers were condemned to death by a Cypriot court, but the sentence was commuted by Kyprianou and the hijackers released.[27][28][29][30]
  • On 5 April 1988, Kuwait Airways Flight 422, a Kuwait Airways Boeing 747, was hijacked, while en route from Thailand to Kuwait. After forcing the plane to fly to Iran, the hijackers forced the crew to fly the plane further west to Algeria, but the plane landed in Larnaca for refuelling. Two Kuwaiti hostages were murdered by the hijackers and their bodies were thrown out on the airport's runway. The hijacking ended in Algeria on 20 April 1988.[31]
  • As a result of the 2006 Lebanon War, the Lebanese airline Middle East Airlines evacuated its fleet to Larnaca.
  • Also as a result of the 2006 Lebanon War, a Canadian military aircraft carrying Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canadian citizens fleeing the war, landed in Larnaca. Cyprus served as a safe haven for many nationals during the crisis. The Prime Minister was coming home from a visit to Afghanistan but landed in Larnaca to pick up Canadians who had been evacuated from Lebanon, and took them back to Canada.
  • On 28 August 2007, three construction workers were injured when a complete 5 m × 40 m (16 ft × 131 ft) concrete floor collapsed at the construction site for the new passenger terminal.[32][33]


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External links

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