Located out of Larnaca, Cyprus is Larnaca International Airport. The airport works as the country’s primary international gateway, and also works as the larger airport of the country’s two commercial airports, in comparison to Paphos International Airport. Larnaca International Airport is the hub for Aegean Airlines, and it makes use of a single large-scale apron to handle all of its passenger aircraft. Within the airport are 16 jetways or boarding bridges that connect the main terminal with the aircraft. The airport also has a large engineering hangar, along with a cargo terminal and separate facilities that are used mainly for fuelling, and provisioning light aircraft. The airport also has a smaller apron where private and cargo aircraft are parked. It also features spaces made for smaller aircraft, for flying schools, along with privately owned aircraft; these areas are separate from the main two aprons. The airport has an asphalt runway that spans approximately 2,900 metres or 9,800 feet in length.
What to see & do
Officially referred to as the Republic of Cyprus, the country of Cyprus is an island country that is located north, south, east, and west of Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Syria and Lebanon. The country’s official languages are Greek and Turkish, with minority languages such as Armenian and Cypriot Arabic. As the Cyprus’ third-largest city, Larnaca is located on the southern coast of the country, and is known as the capital of the eponymous district. The city is known for its palm-tree seafront in addition to a couple destinations such as the Church of Saint Lazarus, the Hala Sultan Tekke, and the Larnaca Salt Lake, among others. The Church of St. Lazarus or Ayios Lazaros Sq, is an Orthodox church located within the city, dating as far back as the 9th century. The church is reputedly built around the tomb of the biblical Lazarus, the brother of Mary. The Hala Sultan Tekke is a mosque that is perched by the side of the Salt Lake. It is said to work as the tomb of Umm Haram, Mohammed’s foster mother. Located west of the Larnaca International Airport is the Larnaca Salt Lake; in the months of November to March, the area gets filled with flocks of pink flamingos. Other spots include Stavrovouni Monastery, MS Zenobia, Khirokitia, and GSZ Stadium, to name a few. The neighborhoods within Larnaca include Skala, Prodromos, Faneromeni, Drosia, Kamares, and Vergina, along with Agioi Anargyroi. As part of Cyprus, Larnaca experiences annual temperatures of 24.7 degrees Celsius or 76.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 14.5 degrees Celsius or 58.1 degrees Fahrenheit, and 19.6 degrees Celsius or 67.3 degrees Fahrenheit, for its respective average high, average low, and daily mean temperatures; with climate classification of dry-summer subtropical, or Mediterranean.
How to get around
Available transportation within Larnaca includes buses which follow a certain route and time. The city also has metered taxis available and these rides are required by law to charge by the metre, although the drivers will most likely refuse to use it. In addition, Larnaca’s transportation hubs include Larnaca International Airport, and Larnaca Port.
How to get there
As the airport that serves Larnaca, Larnaca International Airport offers flights to destinations such as Athens, Beirut, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Riga, Chişinău, Belgrade, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Minsk, Bucharest, Thessaloniki, London, Sofia, Berlin, Liverpool, Milan, Basel, Zürich, Cairo, Dubai, Malta, Abu Dhabi, Munich, Cologne, Bahrain, Kuwait City, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Birmingham, Doha, Amman, and Kiev, via Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Aeroflot operated by Rossiya, airBaltic, Air Moldova, Air Serbia, Arkia Israel Airlines, Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways, Belavia, Blue Air, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, easyJet, easyjet Switzerland, Edelweiss Air, EgyptAir operated by EgyptAir Express, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Germania Germanwings, Gulf Air, Middle East Airlines, Monarch Airlines, Niki, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, TAROM, and Ukraine International Airlines, among others. The airport also has seasonal flights to Heraklion, Mykonos, Santorini, Arkhangelsk, Berlin, Zürich, Glasgow, Rome, and Erbil, via Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot Nord, Condor, Helvetic Airways, Jet2.com, Vueling, and Zagrosjet, to name a few.