Larnaca International Airport (LCA/LCLK)

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Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, having a population of 800,000. Since joining the EU in May 2004, passenger numbers at the country’s two airports (Larnaca and Paphos) have grown considerably. Since May 2006, Hermes Airports has assumed management and control of the two main airports under a 25-year BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) concession agreement with the Republic of Cyprus. Hermes is a Cypriot company, which consists of nine shareholders, including Aer Rianta International, Vantage Airport Group and Nice Airport, though the biggest shareholders are a couple of French infrastructure and construction companies.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Hermes Airports is a consortium of 9 Cypriot and international shareholders which includes large airport operators with a high level of know-how in the airport operation management field. It assumed the management and operation of Larnaka and Pafos airports in 2006, under a 25-year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concession agreement with the Republic of Cyprus, with new passenger terminal buildings having been inaugurated in Pafos and Larnaka in 2008 and 2009 respectively. In 2017, the airports have reached a new traffic record with 10.25m total passengers having traveled using 70 airlines operating to 120 destinations in 40 countries in Europe and the Middle East and Gulf areas.
  • Larnaka airport is of high quality, with its state-of-the-art terminal offering seamless superior service and punctuality, whilst it is also high technology equipped with Automatic Electronic Gates, Border X-press kiosks, online Car parking facilities, fast track lane and others. It serves the island of Cyprus (around 800,000 inhabitants), with easy surface access driven by an excellent road infrastructure to all towns and tourist attractions. The driving distance between the east part of the island and the western is less than two hours whereas there is bus transportation to the major cities of the island.
  • The airport served 7,7m passengers during 2017, with 65 airlines having operated to 110 destinations in 40 countries.
  • Larnaka Airport awarded by ACI Europe as the “Most Accessible Airport in Europe 2017” at the ACI General Assembly.
  • Whereas the majority of traffic served by Larnaka Airport is leisure traffic, driven mostly by inbound tourism, there is also a substantial part of traffic estimated to 20% traveling for business purposes. Split of passenger traffic between Cyprus residents and non-Cyprus residents is 35/65% respectively.
  • The three most important markets served by Larnaca Airport are the United Kingdom, Russia and Greece estimated to 64% of the total traffic, whereas the growing markets of Israel and Germany represent another 10% of the traffic. There is also considerable contribution by the Scandinavian and main Gulf countries, whereas markets like Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Switzerland and Lebanon have been growing consistently during the last few years. There is also potential for developing countries like Spain, Ireland, France, Netherlands and Italy, whereas there is also scope for new markets like Croatia, Slovenia and others.
  • 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 less than 1.5 hours flying time from both airports.
  • Hermes is particularly active in the air service development field, providing customized market insight, marketing support and to new and existing airlines aiming to maintain and expand their operation in Cyprus.


  • Cyprus’ economy is dominated by the services sector (wholesale and retail trade, real estate activities, financial and insurance activities, accommodation and transportation are the most important sectors).
  • Cyprus economy is currently moving on a relatively stable growth path with its economic indicators having been improved during the last two years. These consist of a low positive inflation, reduced unemployment and increasing budget balance.
  • Company formation, tax planning, trusts, foreign exchange trading and fund administration are all strong segments of the business services industry, encouraged by around 50 double taxation treaties and a legal system based on English law.
  • A major success story for Cyprus is the maritime sector, hosting the largest ship management centre in the EU. The Cyprus Registry is classified as the 10th largest merchant fleet in the world and the third largest fleet in the EU.
  • Tourism arrivals have reached 3.6 million tourists by the end of 2017. Hermes airports is particularly active in promoting Cyprus as a tourism destination, collaborating closely and consistently with the local tourism stakeholders, the airlines, and the destinations.

During the welcome event at Larnaca Airport, Maria Kouroupi, Senior Manager Marketing and Communications, Hermes Airports along with Ben Spencer, Ground Operations Manager, cut the cake, along with the inaugural flight’s crew, to mark the start of weekly services from Glasgow on 6 May 2015.

Marketing and other support

Hermes Airports offers key incentives to help sustain and attract airlines, but also is engaged in strengthening connections with Cyprus’ tourism sector to drive air service development.

For more details on incentive schemes, please click here.

  • Market information: statistics and market analysis on request.
  • Marketing support through all Hermes Airports’ digital platforms, including the airport’s website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and the Blog.
  • Launch events to celebrate new routes/airlines.
  • Organize workshops with airlines, other airports and destinations

Ryanair launched on 18 January its latest route, linking Brussels to Larnaca with a twice-weekly service (Mondays and Fridays), with the 737-800-operated sector facing no direct competition. This airport pair is currently the ULCC's only route to Larnaca. “We are delighted to see Ryanair returning to Larnaca Airport and strengthening its presence in Cyprus. “We believe there is excellent potential for the new route. Through strategic planning and branding the Larnaca-Brussels route could become one of the favourite routes for business and leisure purposes for thousands of travellers, both Cypriots and Central Europeans,” commented Hermes Airports’ CEO Wes Porter.

Hermes Airports works closely with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and the Ministry of Tourism to increase the number of foreign visitors through joint marketing activities. They also partnered with the Government of Cyprus and have developed a National Tourism Strategy.

To capitalise on the increase in traffic at the airports, Hermes Airports used new technology to better understand its customers. This has led to changes in retail offerings and wayfinding for customers, some of which occur in real time, in response to specific flights from destinations with travellers who have a higher propensity to shop or spend more time in terminal.

Hermes Airports proceeded with a digital presence that focuses on tourism. The multi-platform launch, which included a new website with e-commerce capabilities, a new CRM system, as well as profiles on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, has helped to grow profile for the attractions of Cyprus and create an overriding sense of community that is at the forefront of Cyprus promotion. In addition, social media activity has also provided Hermes with a dynamic channel to build awareness within Cyprus, of its brand and community investment initiatives.

Larnaca Airport serves the city located on the southern coast of Cyprus and the capital of the eponymous district. With a population of around 51,500, Larnaca is classified as the third largest city in the country, after Nicosia and Limassol. Besides of the fact that it is home to the country’s primary airport, Larnaca also has a seaport and marina.

Catchment Area

Larnaca Airport’s total traffic of 5.3 million passengers comprises of: 65% – inbound and 35% – outbound. The catchment area related to the outbound traffic is primarily the eastern and central part of the island. Nonetheless, the airport also serves the needs of people from Limassol and Paphos.

Larnaca Airport doesn’t feature any freight opportunities at this stage, please contact airport for more information.

Situated two kilometres southwest of the city centre, Larnaca Airport is forecast to handle 5.3 million passengers in 2015. With a total of 55 airlines operating to 37 countries and more than 93 destinations, the airport’s largest carrier is Aegean Airlines, having an estimated market share of 18%.


  • Situated two kilometres southwest of Larnaca;
  • Excellent surface access through motorway;
  • Public transport: Inter-city busses from Nicosia and Limassol, local buses and taxis.

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways: One runway (04/22) – 2,994 metres;
  • Slot Coordinated:  Slot Facilitated;
  • Operating hours: 24/7;
  • Terminals: One passenger building equipped with air bridges;
  • Min. connect time: 45 minutes.

Hermes Airports has installed automatic electronic boarding pass scanning gates at Larnaca Airport to help combat bottlenecks at the entry point to the departure hall. Besides this, the introduction of the Express Lane (Fast Track) provides faster access to the security check and boarding areas through a dedicated route, spending less time in queues.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • Express Lane: The introduction of the Express Lane (Fast Track) provides faster access to the security check and boarding areas through a dedicated route, spending less time in queues with more time to shop, dine or simply relax!
  • E-gates (Electronic Boarding Pass Readers): The passenger experience at the airport has also seen the introduction of innovative services such as E-gates, an automated system, which allows travellers when carrying a printed copy of their boarding pass to proceed directly to the security check area simply by scanning their boarding pass.
  • Online parking: Offering a number of options according to the duration of stay providing in this way the opportunity to organise the entire trip more efficiently, simply by booking online a spot at Larnaca Airport’s parking areas.
  • Border X-press kiosks: Through these kiosks and their advanced technology, it is possible for the travelling public to import data, either via a touchscreen or via keyboard and carry out the passport control by themselves.

Vital statistics       

  • Border X-press kiosks: Through these kiosks and their advanced technology, it is possible for the travelling public to import data, either via a touchscreen or via keyboard and carry out the passport control by themselves.
  • Freight: Around 28,000 tons during 2017;
  • Largest carrier: Aegean Airlines, with an estimated market share of 10%;
  • Based carriers: Aegean, Blue Air, Cobalt Air, Cyprus Airways, TUS Airways
  • Other relevant vital statistics: 65 airlines operating to 39 countries and 110 destinations.