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.
In 2019 Larnaka airport served 8,2m passengers, with 62 airlines having operated to 100 destinations in 35 countries.
Whereas most of the traffic served by Larnaka Airport is leisure traffic (around 60%), driven mostly by inbound tourism, there is also a substantial part of traffic estimated to 17% traveling for business purposes, whereas another 17% is ‘visiting friends and relatives’. Split of passenger traffic between Cyprus residents and non-Cyprus residents is 37/63% respectively.
Cyprus, through Larnaka Airport, offers good connectivity with the rest of the countries in the Middle East area as there is at least one daily flight to all nearby destinations located 1 hour flying time.
During the last few years, there has been substantial growth of traffic from markets other than the traditional big markets i.e. the United Kingdom, Russia, and Greece. Countries in Central Europe (Germany, Austria, Poland and Switzerland), Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria), Scandinavia but also Middle Eastern countries (Israel and Lebanon) have had significant contribution in the traffic growth during the last few years. Operation has recently been added or is planned to be added also to relatively underserved or unserved countries, like the Netherlands and France but also Armenia, and Abu Dhabi.
Albeit the difficult times that all airports are going through due to the Covid-19 and the expected impact on traveling and the projected traffic, several airlines recovering operation to various destinations in a number of countries.
Several major upgrades and improvements have recently been introduced to the Airport’s facilities, including:
- The 'Sense of Place' project, which aims to imbue the airports with visual and sensory elements from Cyprus' culture over a three-year period
- An extensive refurbishment of Larnaka’s commercial areas
- 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): 8.2 million (2019)
- Cargo Tonnes (p.a.): 29,660 (2019)
- Operational Opening Hours: 24/7
- Aircraft Parking Stands: 24