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Looking For Photos of Famagusta Airport.  
User currently offlineCumulus From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1402 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7537 times:

My niece is doing a project for school on the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. We are looking for photos of Famagusta Airport. Any links anyone?

Thanks!!!


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User currently offlineElVen From Greece, joined Apr 2006, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7488 times:

As far as i know and recall there is no such a thing as Famagusta airport. Famagusta (Amohostos) was the prime sea port of Cyprus up until the Turkish invasion. The main airport was in Nicosia (Gerolakos), small landing strips were also available at the time in Larnaka, Tympou and Lakatamia.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 7413 times:

Yeah Tymbou is now in the Turkish controlled area and is called Ercan . They recently modernised it in the anticipation that the EU would allow direct flights. This will not happen now due to Turkeys refusal to impliment the customs agreement as it doesnt regognise the Republic of Cyprus.

User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7368 times:

Yes, Famagusta was previously a large SEA port (a small fragment is still visiblly in use, although large walls have been erected to prevent viewing of it - not that it stopped me). I certainly heard nothing of a Famagusta Airport on my visits.

However, I believe that Nicosia Airport now lies in the no-man's land between the Republic and the "TRNC", and hence cannot be used. I hear that there may actually still be aircraft trapped at the airport?


User currently offlineCumulus From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7316 times:

Sorry my mistake, I meant Nicosia!!! Any links?


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User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1637 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7269 times:

Quoting Cumulus (Reply 4):

Not much recent stuff in the photo db, though this was interesting...


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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Savvas Petoussis




Google Earth is worth a look.

I've only been able to look on Google Maps though.

There seem to be 2 airports close to Nicosia, one seems to have no high definition Google coverage for all of the airport, the other has partial coverage.
The one with partial coverage I presume to be Nicosia airport - it is quite substantial, and has 'NC' marked on the ground. There are no sign of any aircraft though, but there is something on one of the aprons that could be some remains of a destroyed a/c



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User currently offlineJetBluefan1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2972 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7260 times:

Quoting Vasu (Reply 3):
However, I believe that Nicosia Airport now lies in the no-man's land between the Republic and the "TRNC", and hence cannot be used. I hear that there may actually still be aircraft trapped at the airport?

No, the Nicosia Airport is actually on the Turkish side of the island. It was actually captured during the first attack - before the first cease fire.

Cyprus currently has three airports - Nicosia, Larnaca, and Pafos. The latter two are on the Greek side. There is no airport in Famagusta.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7215 times:

There is a Cyprus Airways Trident still on the tarmac!!! They were talking about a deal that would open Nicosia again maybe a bit like Europort Basel Mulhouse etc.... but politics always gets in the way and I doubt it would work. It would only work if the land was given back to the Greek side.

User currently offlineCyba From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2005, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7150 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
No, the Nicosia Airport is actually on the Turkish side of the island. It was actually captured during the first attack - before the first cease fire.

I think you are referring to the airport that was referred to earlier in this thread as Ercan. The Nicosia airport itself (code NIC) is right on the cease fire line (called the green line) and is under UN administration. The last time it was used was in the late 70s when the then UN secretary general landed there on a visit.

I would be very surprised if it were ever used again as the area around it is very built up and the terminal would be in need of serious investment: The airport at Ercan (Tymbou) is recently refurbished and under-used; the new terminal at LCA is currently under construction and due to open in 2009.


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24893 posts, RR: 46
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7126 times:

There are a several airports on the Northern Turkish side.

Ercan ECN is the primary airport which sees domestic flights from Turkey plus frequent European charters (primarily from the UK)
http://www.cypnet.co.uk/ncyprus/city/nicosia/ercan/index.html

Other significant airport is Gecitkale GEC primarily a military field, but used to cover for ECN during its recent renovation closure.

Other smaller airports are Ilker Karter and Pinarbasi both Girne and Topel Airport.



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User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4398 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7123 times:

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 9):
Ercan ECN is the primary airport which sees domestic flights from Turkey plus frequent European charters

In today's news at airporthaber.com, last year pax traffic to ECN increased by 25%. I would have thought just the opposite.


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24893 posts, RR: 46
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7098 times:

Quoting TK787 (Reply 10):

Regardless of what the official political status might be of the Northern Turkish side, the growth of tourism has been substantial as your mentioned statistics show.

Recent years has seen strong development in tourism infrastructure, while on the cost side the destination is definitely an inexpensive place for Northern Europeans which help boost its popularity.

While no comparison to other Mediterranean destinations, its not unusual to see upwards of 10 charter flights some days arriving ECN.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7098 times:

Quoting Cyba (Reply 8):
I think you are referring to the airport that was referred to earlier in this thread as Ercan

No I meant Nicosia!!! I know it and have seen it from a distance. There were talks about the possibility of opening it again last year but I dont think it will ever open unless there was a re unification of the Island.


User currently offlineCumulus From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 7045 times:

Found a few pics:-

Big version: Width: 480 Height: 321 File size: 17kb


I think this aircraft was subsequently destroyed, not sure though.

Big version: Width: 381 Height: 267 File size: 17kb


Taken in the 1950s.

Big version: Width: 480 Height: 321 File size: 24kb


Around the time of the invasion.

Big version: Width: 385 Height: 256 File size: 16kb


And what it looks like today.



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