Paphos Airport: 27% Growth in Passenger Traffic in the First 10-Years of Operations

Passenger traffic at Paphos International Airport reached 4.1 mn in the first six months of the year, registering a significant increase of 17.8%, as the airport marks ten years of operations.

Paphos International Airport was inaugurated on November 8, 2008.

According to Hermes, Paphos airport grew by 27% in the first ten years, and from 1.8 million passengers in 2006, last year it welcomed 2.3 million passengers, Cyprus News Agency reports.

It said that in total, more than 12,700 jobs in the tourist industry across Cyprus, out of which 3,000 concern Paphos Airport exclusively, are sustained by the operation of the two international airports.

With an annual contribution of more than 500 million euros to the economy of Cyprus, corresponding to approximately 3% of Cyprus’ GDP, Larnaca and Paphos International Airports are justifiably considered to be among the major drivers of economic growth in the country and are acknowledged as key generators of thousands of jobs, the company said.

Paphos MPs, mayors of the district, the Chairman of Paphos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other officials visited the airport on Friday, July 21, to mark ten years since the opening of the airport.

Nicos Shacolas, honorary chairman of Hermes Airports, a consortium that manages the island’s two international airports, speaking to the press said that the Government and the Ministry of Transport, as well as the Civil Aviation and Hermes are constantly seeking ways to further boost the air traffic of the two airports.

However, he noted that the lack of a sophisticated road network hampers the development of the area. He also said that hotels in Paphos should remain open in winter as there are airlines ready to operate flights to the island.

Eleni Kalogirou, Director of Hermes, said that “we are working very closely with the government and tour operators to increase the number of visitors coming to Cyprus”.