Paphos International Airport

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Paphos International Airport

Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Πάφου
Hermes Airports logo.svg
Paphos International Airport by Paride.JPG
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerRepublic of Cyprus
OperatorHermes Airports Ltd
ServesPaphos and Limassol districts
LocationTimi and Acheleia, Cyprus
Focus city forTus Airways, Ryanair
Elevation AMSL12 m / 41 ft
Coordinates34°43′06″N 32°29′06″E / 34.71833°N 32.48500°E / 34.71833; 32.48500Coordinates: 34°43′06″N 32°29′06″E / 34.71833°N 32.48500°E / 34.71833; 32.48500
PFO/LCPH is located in Cyprus
PFO/LCPH is located in Europe
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,699 8,855 Asphalt/Concrete
Passengers (2019)Increase 3,044,402
Sources: Hermes Airports,[1] Cypriot AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]

Paphos International Airport (Greek: Διεθνής Αερολιμένας Πάφου; Turkish: Baf Uluslararası Havalimanı) (IATA: PFO, ICAO: LCPH) is a joint civil-military public airport located 6.5 km (4.0 mi) southeast[2] of the city of Paphos, Cyprus. It is the country's second largest airport, after Larnaca International Airport. Paphos Airport is commonly used by tourists on vacation in western Cyprus, providing access to popular resorts such as Coral Bay, Limassol (about 50 km (31 mi) south-east) and Paphos itself.


The airport first opened in 1982. In May 2006, Hermes Airports Limited took over the construction, development and operation of both Larnaca and Paphos airports for a period of 25 years. According to the airport operator, Paphos Airport served 1,744,011 passengers in 2007.[3] A new terminal opened at Paphos in November 2008.[4]

On 10 January 2012, Ryanair announced they were to open their 50th base in Paphos. In April 2012, they placed 2 aircraft in Paphos with 15 new routes, offering over 80 flights a week. Ryanair claim the reason they opened the base in Paphos was due to reduced landing charges offered by Hermes' incentive scheme, as well as the fact that they can easily operate within their standards (e.g. their typical 25 minutes turnaround time).[citation needed]

A new four-lane road is being planned to link the airport and Paphos so passengers and staff can avoid using the B6 Main road and the E603 secondary road which are often heavily congested.[citation needed][5]


Paphos International Airport Check-In hall.

Passenger facilities include 28 check-in desks, 1 special baggage check-in, 7 gates, 22 aircraft stands, a bank, restaurants, cafeterias, bars, a duty-free shop and a gift shop. Other facilities include a tourist help desk, car rental, first aid, a baby/parent room and disabled access facilities. Refrigerated storage, health officials, and X-ray equipment are among some of the facilities provided for cargo. Furthermore, loading platforms and forklifts are also available.

Andreas Papandreou Air Base[edit]

The airport is also an asset of the Cyprus National Guard and the Cyprus Air Forces, serving as a military air force base under the call name "Andreas Papandreou".[6][7] It is considered the most south-eastern European Air Force base component of various EU air forces, as well as a safe base for humanitarian and emergency purposes for other countries.[8][9][10][11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Paphos:[12]

Aegean Airlines[13] Athens
British Airways[14] Seasonal: London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow
Buzz[15] Seasonal charter: Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin
Copenhagen AirTaxi[16][17] Seasonal charter: Aarhus
easyJet[18] Bristol, Edinburgh, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Manchester
Edelweiss Air[19] Seasonal: Zürich
El Al[20] Seasonal: Tel Aviv[21] Birmingham, London–Stansted, Manchester
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle upon Tyne
LOT Polish Airlines[15] Seasonal charter: Katowice, Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa[22] Seasonal: Munich
Petroleum Air Services[23][24] Seasonal charter: Cairo
Ryanair[25] Amman–Queen Alia, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin, Bucharest, Budapest, Chania, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, Eindhoven, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kaunas, Kraków, London–Stansted, Manchester, Marseille, Memmingen, Riga, Rome–Ciampino, Sofia, Tallinn, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin, Wrocław, Zagreb
Seasonal: Bari, Bologna, Bratislava, Malta, Mykonos, Newcastle upon Tyne, Pisa, Rhodes, Treviso
Transavia[26] Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUI Airways[27] Seasonal: Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield (ends 26 October 2022),[28] East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich
TUI fly Belgium[29] Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands[30] Seasonal: Amsterdam
Tus Airways[31] Tel Aviv
Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle


Annual passenger traffic at PFO airport. See Wikidata query.
Number of Passengers[1] Percentage Change
2006 1,832,655
2007 1,744,800 Decrease04.7%
2008 1,765,431 Increase01.1%
2009 1,590,905 Decrease09.8%
2010 1,613,546 Increase01.4%
2011 1,778,898 Increase10.2%
2012 2,242,797 Increase26.0%
2013 2,175,114 Decrease03.0%
2014 2,097,923 Decrease03.5%
2015 2,277,741 Increase08.5%
2016 2,336,471 Increase02.5%
2017 2,518,169 Increase07.7%
2018 2,872,391 Increase14.0%
2019 3,044,402 Increase05.9%
2020 632,990 Decrease79.2%



There is a regular bus service from Paphos Harbour station to the airport, limited services also run to/from Paphos Town (Karavella) and Polis.[32] Direct buses to/from Limassol,[33] Nicosia and Larnaca[34] are also available.


The airport is located 20.8 km southeast of Paphos and 61.2 km west of Limassol.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 21 September 2011, a Thomson Airways Boeing 737-800 inadvertently landed on the taxiway parallel to the runway (Taxiway Bravo, formerly Runway 11L/29R). No other aircraft was on the taxiway at the time, and the Thomson taxied safely to the apron.[35] A NOTAM was published on 20 December 2011, warning pilots of the possibility of mistaking the runway with the parallel taxiway.[36] An additional NOTAM was published on 14 August 2012, recommending pilots to confirm their alignment with the runway by using the ILS localizer when performing a visual approach to runway 29.[36] By 2014, yellow "TAXI" markings were painted across the width of the parallel taxiway near either longitudinal end, facing approaching aircraft; and a "TAXIWAY" marking was painted at its junction with Taxiway Charlie (about midway), facing the latter.[37]


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  17. ^ "SAS in new collaboration with Danish charter travel agency". 20 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Flight Timetables".
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  20. ^ "Flight Schedule for EL AL Flights | EL AL Airlines".
  21. ^ "Timetable".
  22. ^ "Timetable & flight status".
  23. ^ "Pafos airport latest flight schedule information".
  24. ^ "Pefkos Hotel 3* (7 Nights /8 Days) – Tishoury Tours – Egypt".
  25. ^ "Timetable".
  26. ^ "Timetable".
  27. ^ "Flight Timetable".
  28. ^ "Doncaster Sheffield Airport to close despite financial lifeline offer". BBC News. 26 September 2022.
  29. ^ "Paphos Flight Timetable".
  30. ^ "Flight Destinations".
  31. ^[bare URL]
  32. ^ Paphos Airport Bus Timetables
  33. ^ "TIMETABLES – Limassol Airport Express - EAL LTD".
  34. ^ "Kapnos Airport Shuttle".
  35. ^ Hradecky, Simon (22 September 2011). "Incident: Thomson B738 at Paphos on Sep 21st 2011, landed on taxiway". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  36. ^ a b "Area Pre-Flight Information Bulletin" (PDF). Department of Civil Aviation (Cyprus). Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 June 2021. Retrieved 13 June 2021.
  37. ^ "LCPH – Aerodrome Chart". EUROCONTROL EAD. Retrieved 26 October 2014. (Registration required.)

External links[edit]

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