This all depends on the political situation on the whole Island and between the two communities. Whilst there are always rumours about direct flights from time to time in theory it will not happen anytime fast. There are alot of issues to be resolved before this happens. As for NIC this is less likely and has been discussed as a joint airport for Greek and Turkish sides but who would run it and would it be wise to have Greek troops on one side of the air field and Turkish on the other side !!! There is just too much to happen before any of this could be considered. IN the meantime everything stays at the satus quo unfortunatly.
Sunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1761 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1906 times:
Any flights that leave a non-Turkish airport MUST touch down on Turkish soil first before it can continue to ECN. I would love to see a direct flight from the UK, but at this moment in time, we´ll have to make do going via Turkish mainland.
Bapilot2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 928 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1768 times:
Any aircraft have to touch down in Turkey first because Ercan Airport is not internationally recognized as a legal port of entry except by Turkey. Thus according to international law any entry there is considered an illegal entry into its territory by the Republic of Cyprus. Greek and Cypriot authorities may deny anyone entry into either country if he/she has entered Northern Cyprus by a non-recognized airport. However I think the Turkish authorities get round this by the detachable page they put in your passport upon entry to Turkey.
I do hope the situation improves but I dont see it in the immediate future.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 29567 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1759 times:
Quoting Bapilot2b (Reply 5): Greek and Cypriot authorities may deny anyone entry into either country if he/she has entered Northern Cyprus by a non-recognized airport.
That used to be the case but not anymore. If a foreign tourist comes to LCA or PFO with a ''KKTC'' stamp in their passport the Greek Cypriot authorities just cancel the stamp and you get a frown LOL....