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The new international airport in Larnaka starts work

08 November 2009 / 20:11:20  GRReporter
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The new international airport in Larnaka is finished. The first stage of launching operations starts on 10 November with Cyprus Airlines and Easyjet flights. The rest of the air carriers start flying on November 17.

The new airport will service 7.5m of passengers per year. Its buildings take up 100 000m2 and stores, cafeterias and restaurants are located on 10 000m2. 2450 parking spaces and 67 control posts have been planned. 14 airlines desks will be selling tickets, which can be automatically controlled at 8 posts. The airport building started on June 1, 2006 and was finished on July 9, 2009, taking all together 3 years and 39 days. The value of the project is €656.3m.

Nikos Nikolaidis, Minister of Transport and Communication in the Republic of Cyprus, said that “A new era of transport communication with the rest of the world has started for Cyprus” and expressed his hopes that the airports manages to revive tourism, attract transit commerce and new investments in the region. Present at the official opening were the President Dimitris Hristofias, the CEO of Hermes Airports Ltd- the company which built the airport- Nikos Siakolas, the French Minister of European Affairs Clod Lelus and Euro-commissioner on health care Androula Vassiliou. The celebration continued with a ballet play composed by Kostas Kokoyanis and with the choreography of Lias Harakis, representing the major events in the history of Cyprus.

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