Paphos International Airport (PFO/LCPH)


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Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. Since 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

  • Pafos International Airport is Cyprus’ second largest of the island’s airports. It is managed by Hermes Airports, the operator that is also responsible for Larnaka International Airport.
  • Hermes airports, the operator of both Larnaka International Airport and Pafos International Airport, is a consortium comprised of nine local and international shareholders
  •  In 2019 Pafos airport served 3.04m passengers, with 25 airlines having operated to 50 destinations in 25 countries.
  • Most of the traffic served from/to Pafos airport is for leisure/holiday (estimated at 80%), driven mostly by inbound tourism, whereas the rest is mainly ‘Visiting Friends and Relatives’. Split of passenger traffic between Cyprus residents and non-Cyprus residents is 20/80% respectively.
  • Although United Kingdom is the main market for the airport, with more than half of the traffic originating from/to this market, more markets have been developing the last few years to both Europe and the Middle East Area.
  • Like all airports, Pafos airport traffic was also severely affected by the COVID-19. Nevertheless, the airport’s integrated plan (COVID-19 testing at the airport, frequent and effective contacts with airlines, coordination of relevant authorities, establishment of a restart incentive scheme etc.) had a positive impact with a partial recovery of operation in a relatively short time after the restart period. Based on the countries’ epidemiological conditions and relevant market restrictions, the schedules of the operators are adjusted accordingly.
  • Pafos airport received the ACI Airport Health Accreditation by the Airports Council International (ACI World). The AHA Accreditation programme supports airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the pandemic.

Cyprus

  • Cyprus has an open, free-market, service-based economy with some light manufacturing. Cyprus is a “bridge” between East and West, along with its educated English-speaking population, moderate local costs, good airline connections, and telecommunications.
  • Cyprus’ economy is dominated by the services (wholesale and retail trade, real estate activities, financial and insurance activities, accommodation and transportation are the most important sectors).
  • 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.

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

Marketing and other support

  • Marketing campaigns in collaboration with airlines (and destinations).
  • Market intelligence data.
  • Promotion of airlines’ activities through all Hermes Airports’ digital platforms, including the airport’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
  • Events at the airport for the launch of new routes, welcome airlines etc.
  • Workshops with airlines, other airports and destinations.

Paphos Airport is located 6.5 kilometres southeast from the city that has several sites relating to the cult of the goddess Aphrodite, whose mythical birthplace was at Old Paphos (Kouklia). Nonetheless, new Paphos, is the modern city that incorporates the harbor.

Catchment Area

  • Cyprus is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, situated on the east of Greece. Excellent weather conditions make Cyprus an ideal all year-round destination.
  • Pafos Airport’s total traffic of 3.04 million passengers comprises of: 80% – inbound and 20% – outbound. The catchment area related to the outbound traffic is primarily the western and southern part of the island. Nonetheless, the airport also serves the needs of passengers from the rest of the island.
  • The cosmopolitan Limassol is renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and spontaneous hospitality and is just half hour away from Pafos airport. Retaining the character of its rich and colourful history, the city also serves as a thriving commercial centre for its international community.
Paphos Airport doesn’t feature any freight opportunities at this stage, please contact airport for more information.

In 2019 Pafos airport served 3.04m passengers, with 25 airlines having operated to 50 destinations in 25 countries. Most of the traffic served from/to Pafos airport is for leisure/holiday (estimated at 80%), driven mostly by inbound tourism, whereas the rest is mainly ‘Visiting Friends and Relatives’. Split of passenger traffic between Cyprus residents and non-Cyprus residents is 20/80% respectively.

Geography

  • Located 6.5 kilometres southeast from the city centre.
  • Public transport: Inter-city buses from Nicosia and Limassol, local buses and taxis.

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways (number and length): 1 (11/20)/ 2,699 meters
  • Slot Coordinated NO
  • Operating hours: 24/7
  • Terminals (Number, type and last major refurbishment): 1
  • Min. connect time: 45 minutes

Passengers travelling from Pafos Airport have the option to print their luggage tags on their own by using one of the Tagomat® kiosks or one of the new Self Check in kiosks in less than 10 seconds.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news   

  • Hermes Airports recognizing the importance of the advanced technological applications and innovations has proceeded with the installation of the Tagomat® and Bagomat kiosks at Pafos Airport. The operator of the airport further upgrades the passenger experience with this new equipment which is completely in line with the current travel standards and simplifies the Self-Tagging and Baggage Drop Off process.

Vital statistics       

  • Passenger numbers (Commentary on domestic/international; scheduled/charter; business/leisure/transfer would also be useful here): 3.04 million (2019)
  • Freight: 389 tonnes
  • Largest carrier: Ryanair
  • 25 airlines operated to 50 destinations in 25 countries

Financials