Larnaca Airport - the main airlock of Cyprus
Larnaca International Airport is located 4 kilometers from the city of Larnaca in Cyprus. It is the main airport of Cyprus and the largest commercial airport in the country.
Cyprus is considered a popular tourist destination, which means that the passenger traffic at the airport is constantly growing. Therefore, a new terminal, a control tower, and a fire station were built. In the old passenger terminal, the departure lounge is located on the top floor and the arrival lounge is on the ground floor. There is also a VIP-terminal, which is used to visit the heads of state and private aviation.
A new terminal building was opened in 2009. Now it has 67 check-in counters, 2,450 parking spaces, several gas stations. The infrastructure also includes: an engineering hangar, a cargo terminal and separate premises for the repair and refueling of small aircraft.
Check-in usually starts at least two hours before departure and closes 30 minutes before departure.The passenger must arrive at the check-in desk with valid travel documents (passport or ID), air ticket, and a visa for the destination country (if applicable).
After registration, you need to go to passport control and pass a security check. After these procedures, waiting time for departure at Larnaca airport can be spent in shops, cafes or restaurants located in the terminal.
Some airlines offer the option to register online and then print out their boarding pass. Using the online check-in service, travelers significantly save their time, since at the airport they only need to drop off their luggage.
Airlines Aegean, Lufthansa, EL AL, Aeroflot provide an opportunity to self-register at self-service kiosks, allowing you to get a boarding pass without a queue at the counter. The airport's online scoreboard shows the departure and arrival status of the aircraft, the time of departure and arrival, the point of arrival, the name of the airline and the flight number, time and date.
Taxi and public transport
Larnaca Airport can be reached by car, taxi and public transport.There is a system of private transport in Limassol, Nicosia, Protaras and Ayia Napa. Taxi parking is located near the arrival hall, a taxi service at the airport operates around the clock.
Abelair Aviation provides an exclusive service for the transport of passengers to any part of Cyprus, taking into account the schedule of arrivals and departures of aircraft. The company Urban Bus is engaged in the delivery of passengers between the airports of Larnaca, Paphos and Limassol. The cost of the trip is 9 euros for an adult and 4 euros for a child, including luggage.
The ZΙΝΟΝΑS Buses Bus Company is a state-owned passenger transport company that delivers passengers and residents from the airport to Larnaca.
Rental and Parking
In the main terminal there are five car rental companies whose offices can be found in the arrivals area of Larnaca Airport, after leaving the baggage claim area.
Drivers who stop at the airport only to disembark or pick up passengers may stop directly in front of the terminal. The stop is completely free and only allowed for one minute. The driver must stay in the car, but if you need help, the parking can be extended to 5 minutes, and airport staff will help to unload or load luggage.
Short-term parking is within walking distance of the terminal and is suitable for those who plan to stay at the airport for several hours to pick up friends or relatives. Prices for short-term parking:
- 1-20 minutes - 1 euro;
- 20-40 minutes - 3 euros;
- 40-60 minutes - 4 euros;
- 1 -2 hours - 6 euros;
- 2 -3 hours - 7 euros;
- 3-4 hours - 8 euros;
- 4 -8 hours - 9 euros;
- 8 -24 hours - 10 euros.
Covered parking for a long stay is located near the terminal on the right side of the airport. Prices:
- 1 hour - 7 euros;
- 1-3 hours - 10 euros;
- 2-24 hours - 12 euros;
- up to two days - 21 euros;
- up to 3 days - 30 euros;
- up to 4 days - 39 euros;
- up to 5 days - 48 euros.
Prices for long-term parking in the open air are: 10 euros for the first day, then 4 euros - for the next. If you reserve a parking space in advance online, you can save some money.
Duty Free Store is a very convenient service that allows you to make purchases upon departure, and then pick up on return. The service is free and available to all passengers traveling in Europe.
Tourists say that the airport is large, spacious, with strict security measures.Navigation in the terminals is not always clear, but airport staff are always trying to help, many speak Russian.
There is free Internet at the airport of Cyprus (Larnaca), there are recharges for phones, but they are few. Control and inspection procedures are not time consuming, there are no long queues. There are enough seating places in the waiting rooms, there are children's slot machines. From the waiting room you can see the runway, you can watch the planes fly in and land.