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Larnaca International Airport
Διεθνής Aερολιμένας Λάρνακας
Larnaka Uluslararası Havaalanı
Exterior of Larnaca Airport during afternoon Cyprus.JPG
Airport type Public
Operator Hermes Airports Ltd
Serves Larnaca, Limassol & southeast Nicosia
Location Larnaca, Cyprus
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 3 m / 7 ft
Coordinates 34°52′44″N 033°37′49″E / 34.87889°N 33.63028°E / 34.87889; 33.63028Coordinates: 34°52′44″N 033°37′49″E / 34.87889°N 33.63028°E / 34.87889; 33.63028
LCA is located in Cyprus
Location within Cyprus
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 2,994 9,823 Asphalt
Passengers (2016) Increase 6,637,692
Aircraft movements (2011) Increase 50,329
Cargo tonnage (2008) Increase 37,529
Sources: Hermes Airports,[2] Cypriot AIP at EUROCONTROL[3]

Larnaca International Airport (Greek: Διεθνής Aερολιμένας Λάρνακας Diethnís Aeroliménas Lárnakas Turkish: Larnaka Uluslararası Havaalanı) (IATA: LCAICAO: LCLK) is an international airport located 4 km (2.5 mi) southwest[3] 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. In July 2016 Larnaca airport was renamed "Larnaca International Airport - Glafcos Clerides” in honour of former President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides.


Larnaca Airport was hastily developed towards the end of 1974 after the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey on 20 July of the same year,[4] 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.[citation needed]


The status of Cyprus as a major tourist destination means that air traffic has steadily risen to over 5 million passengers a year.[5] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

The airport's geographic location in-between Europe, Africa, Russia and the Middle East facilitates it as an airline hub for traffic and flight operations between these locations.[6][7][8][9] It currently holds domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services by over 30 airlines.[10] Notably, Gulf Air used to provide a non-stop service to New York-JFK twice a week.[11]


Top level entrance of the Airport

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. 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 Northern Cyprus 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]


Gates inside the airport

A €650m upgrade of the Larnaca and Paphos airports has been completed in 2006.[12] 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.[13] It has 16 jetways (boarding bridges), 67 check in counters, 8 self check-in kiosks, 48 departure gates, and 2,450 parking spots. The new terminal can handle 7.5 million passengers per year. 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle (ends 9 September 2017), Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Beirut (ends 12 September 2017), Heraklion, Kalamata (begins 4 August 2017),[14] Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
operated by Rossiya Airlines
St. Petersburg
Air Moldova Chişinău
Air Serbia Belgrade
airBaltic Riga
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
Arkia Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Armenia Aircompany Seasonal charter: Yerevan[15][16]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo, Yekaterinburg (begins 1 May 2017)[17]
Belavia Minsk
Blue Air Athens, Birmingham, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Liverpool (begins 17 June 2017),[18] London-Luton, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (resumes 15 June 2017), Thessaloniki
Seasonal charter: Corfu, Kavala, Kos, Preveza/Lefkada, Skiathos, Zakynthos[19]
British Airways London-Heathrow
Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Bulgaria Air Sofia
Cobalt Air Athens, Beirut (begins 1 May 2017),[20] Birmingham, Brussels, Chania, Heraklion, London-Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki, Zürich
Seasonal: Dublin
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich
Danish Air Transport Seasonal: Copenhagen (begins 20 May 2017)[21]
easyJet Berlin-Schönefeld, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse
Edelweiss Air Zürich
operated by EgyptAir Express
Emirates Dubai-International, Malta
operated by Germanwings
Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart (begins 6 May 2017)[22]
Gulf Air Bahrain
Helvetic Airways Seasonal charter: Bern, Zürich[23]
I-Fly Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo[24]
Israir Airlines Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Billund, Norrköping, Örebro Seasonal: Birmingham (begins 31 March 2018), East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Munich
Seasonal: Frankfurt
Mahan Air Seasonal charter: Tehran-Imam Khomeini[25]
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Monarch Airlines Birmingham
Seasonal: Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Luton
Niki Vienna
NordStar Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo (resumes 25 May 2017)[26]
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Kazan, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Perm (begins 20 May 2017), Samara, St. Petersburg (resumes 18 May 2017), Ufa, Yekaterinburg[27]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Bergen, Stavanger
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Air International
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, London-Gatwick
operated by Scandinavian Airlines
Seasonal: Bergen (begins 13 May 2017), Gothenburg, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Pegas Fly Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo[27]
Pobeda Moscow-Vnukovo
Qatar Airways Doha
Qeshm Airlines Seasonal charter: Tehran-Imam Khomeini[28]
Red Wings Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo[29]
Rossiya Airlines Charter: Moscow-Vnukovo, St. Petersburg
Seasonal charter: Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Samara, Tyumen, Ufa, Yekaterinburg[30]
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia
Ryanair Brussels
S7 Airlines
operated by Globus Airlines
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen, Gothenburg, Kristiansand, Luleå, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim, Umeå
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick, Vilnius1[31]
Small Planet Airlines Germany Seasonal charter: Harstad/Narvik (begins 19 June 2017), Jönköping (begins 21 August 2017), Sundsvall[32]
Small Planet Airlines Poland Seasonal charter: Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin[33]
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal: Tallinn (begins 5 May 2017)[34]
operated by Travel Service
Seasonal: Bratislava (begins 11 June 2017),[35] Prague
TAROM Bucharest
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Malmö, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Växjö
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted (begins 7 May 2017), Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Transavia Amsterdam
TUI fly Deutschland
operated by Small Planet Airlines Germany
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart[36]
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Kalmar, Malmö, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Tus Air Haifa, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Seasonal: Karpathos (begins 24 June 2017), Kefalonia (begins 24 June 2017), Kos, Mytilene (begins 24 June 2017), Rhodes, Samos, Skiathos (begins 24 June 2017)[37]
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
operated by El Al
Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Ural Airlines Krasnodar, Moscow-Domodedovo
Seasonal: St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg
VIM Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo[38]
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Iași, Katowice, Kiev-Zhuliany,2 Kutaisi, Sofia, Varna (begins 23 July 2017), Vilnius,1 Warsaw-Chopin
Yamal Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo
  • ^1 Vilnius flights will be transferred to Kaunas airport in period between 14/07/2017 - 18/08/2017 as Vilnius Airport will be carrying out reconstruction of the runway[39]
  • ^2 Kiev-Zhuliany flights will be transferred to Kiev-Boryspil airport in period between 14/05/2017 - 24/05/2017 as Kiev-Zhuliany Airport will be carrying out reconstruction of the runway[40]


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


The airport can be reached by car, taxi and public transport system. There is a shuttle bus system from/to both Limassol[41] and Nicosia. Local buses are available at the airport to various locations in Larnaca.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 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.[42] 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. The captain of the flight had previously been murdered by the lead terrorist.
  • 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.[43][44][45][46]
  • 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.[47]
  • 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.[48][49]
  • On 29 March 2016, EgyptAir Flight 181, operated by Airbus A320-232 SU-GCB was hijacked whilst on a Flight from Borg El Arab Airport, Alexandria to Cairo International Airport. The aircraft landed at Larnaca.[50] The hijacker claimed to be wearing an explosive belt, but it was later revealed to be fake.[51]


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