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A MULTI-MILLION pound redevelopment of Larnaca Airport was yesterday officially unveiled by the Hermes Group, the consortium running the island’s two airports.

Over 600 million euros are being spent in an effort to create two modern, state-of-the-art airports on the island.

The new Larnaca International Airport is expected to be completed by the end of 2009. Phase 1 of the construction includes a new passenger terminal with a capacity of 7.5 million passengers per annum, as well as ancillary facilities. Phase 2 involves an extension of the new terminal to increase the capacity to nine million passengers annually, and the runway to be extended to 3,500 metres.

The new Paphos International Airport is expected to be completed by the end of 2008.
“Cyprus is an island that depends on tourism,” a statement from Hermes read. “The idea behind the renovations is that the current terminals need to be brought to a minimum standard to be able to better cater to the needs and expectations of passengers and visitors of the airport alike, until the construction of the new terminal buildings is complete.”

Development works at the Larnaca car park are now almost complete and the new car park management system is fully operational.

The car rental companies have now been relocated to new desks next to the terminal doors at arrivals.

According to Hermes, this has greatly improved the aesthetics of the area and has created more space for arriving passengers. Rental cars have also been relocated to the car park area adjacent to the taxi queue to make vehicle pick-up more convenient for their customers.

Changes and additions have also been made to the duty free shop and to the retail and food and beverage outlets.

There is now more space, better service and a large variety to suit people of all tastes. Twelve food and beverage outlets are now on site, including Haagen-Dazs, Burger King, Segafredo, sbarro, Caffe Ritazza, Point food to go and the News Bar.

CTC-ARI Airports Ltd is a partnership between the Cyprus Trading Corporation and AER Rianta International, which has the exclusive rights to operate the retail facilities at both airports for the next 25 years.

Gerry Crawford, General Manager of CTC-ARI said: “I would like to think we have raised the standards significantly already and consumer feedback appears to reinforce that.”

Last year, 4,914,135 passengers (excluding transit) were handled at Larnaca Airport. The busiest month was July, which saw a total of 683,980 passengers use the airport. There were 47,307 aircraft movements.

The top five destinations, in ascending order of popularity, were: London Gatwick, Thessaloniki, Manchester, London Heathrow and Athens.

This summer, there will be 52 scheduled destinations served by 39 airlines.

Coming Soon to Larnaca

New flight information display systems: Larger latest technology screens will be made available around the terminal. Passengers and visitors will be able to use these screens to find out vital information including flight times, gates of departure, etc.

New baggage information display systems: Each baggage belt will have its own screen, which will be displaying the flight number and origin of the luggage to be delivered to that particular belt.

Banking facilities: The current banking outlet located across the check-in area will be expanded and the ATM machines currently opposite the bank will be relocated to the outside wall of the terminal building entrance. Additional ATMs will also be located in the departure area near the Duty Free shops.

Cyprus Tourism Organisation office: A new CTO Information Office will be constructed in the Baggage Claim Area at arrivals.

Internet caf?: This will be made available near the food and beverage outlets after passport control.

Signage: New directional signage will be installed, both inside the terminal and on the airport access road grounds in order to standardise the messaging and signage fixtures with the aim of them becoming more user-friendly.

Lost luggage desk: This will be constructed in the arrivals lounge.

Advertising opportunities: These will be available soon for those who wish to promote their goods and services to the millions of passengers and visitors.
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