Larnaca International Airport (LCA)
History, Facts and Overview
Following the closure of the region's Nicosia International Airport, after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, Larnaca Airport was rapidly built and opened at the beginning of the following year.
Although facilities were basic, the airport was deemed a success and soon began attracting charter flights, such as Cyprus Airways. In the following years, it became necessary to extend to runway, so that Larnaca Airport was able to accommodation large jet planes.
Major upgrades in 1998 saw massive changes at the airport, including a new control tower, terminal building and road network. The year of 2006 was an important year when further improvements were made at Larnaca Airport, including an expansion of the arrivals hall. This was part of an overall upgrade of both Larnaca Airport and Paphos Airport, at a total cost of more than 600 million.
The departures lounge and public concourse area is where the majority of shops and restaurants reside in Larnaca Airport, including duty-free stores. A business centre is available in the Cyprus Airways Sunjet Lounge, which can be also found in departures. For other passengers, the VIP Lounge does provide some business facilities.