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Larnaka International Airport

  • PAX: 8,073,932

About The Airport

Larnaka International Airport – Glafkos Clerides is Cyprus’ main international gateway and the largest of the island’s airports. It is managed by Hermes Airports, the operator that is also responsible for Pafos International Airport. The new passenger terminal in Larnaka opened in November 2009.

Hermes airports, the operator of both Larnaka International Airport and Pafos International Airport, is a consortium comprised of nine local and international shareholders that assumed management & control of the Airports in 2006, under a 25-year BOT Concession Agreement with the Republic of Cyprus.

Larnaka Airport takes great pride in its continuous growth and commitment to providing a world-class experience for passengers and airline partners. During 2023, 8.1 million passengers travelled from and to Larnaka Airport marking an increase of 34% compared to 2022, with average load factor of 81%.

The split of passenger traffic between Cyprus residents and non-Cyprus residents is approximately 35/65%.Whereas most of the traffic served by Larnaka Airport is leisure traffic (around 70%), driven mostly by inbound tourism, there is also a substantial ‘visiting friends and relatives’ and an equally important segment traveling for business purposes.

While Larnaka airport is the main gateway for inbound traffic to the island, it is also an important player regarding the economy of the country with a 2% contribution in the GDP of Cyprus and the creation of over 20k direct and indirect jobs. The sustainable development of the airport but also of Cyprus overall as a destination is amongst Hermes’ top strategic priorities during the last few years. For this, the company is working closely and collaborating with all the relevant stakeholders, including the tourism stakeholders, the government, the airlines and others.

Larnaka Airport offers good connectivity not only to Europe, but also to countries in the Middle East and Gulf area with at least a daily operation to all nearby destinations within one hour flying time from Cyprus.

During the last three years, other than growth from the two biggest traditional markets i.e. the United Kingdom and Greece, there has been substantial growth of traffic from other markets which helped to recover relatively quickly and meet the passenger traffic gap after the geopolitical developments and the loss of 1.3m passengers from the Russian and Ukrainian markets. These markets concern the Central Europe, that is Poland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Eastern Europe i.e. Romania and Bulgaria, the Scandinavian countries but also countries from the Middle East Area such as Israel and Lebanon. At the same time, during the last three years there was a significant growth of two unserved markets i.e. France and Armenia, currently added in the top performers of the airport. 

Several major upgrades and improvements have recently been introduced to the Airport’s facilities, including:

  • An extensive refurbishment of Larnaka’s commercial areas 
  • The 'Sense of Place' project, which aims to imbue the airports with visual and sensory elements from Cyprus' culture over a three-year period
  • The introduction and operation of new technologies including mobile and remote check-in counters, real-time passenger information and BorderXpress interactive kiosks
  • ‘Roommate’ facilities that provide audio guidance (in both English and Greek) in disabled access bathrooms
  • Blind Paths that have been redesigned using the Guardian Tactile System for the use of visually impaired passengers

Facts and Figures

  • Number of Serving Airlines: 62
  • Number of Direct Destinations: 100
  • Number of Terminals: 1
  • Number of Runways: 1 (04/22)
  • Length of Main Runway (m): 2,994 meters
  • Passenger Numbers (mppa): 8.1 million (2023)
  • Cargo Tonnes (p.a.): 29,660 (2019)
  • Operational Opening Hours: 24/7
  • Aircraft Parking Stands: 24