Old Lar­naca air­port to get new op­er­a­tor and facelift

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

The old Lar­naca air­port, that was sup­posed to be un­der­taken by Chi­nese in­vestors who backed out of the plan sev­eral years ago, now has three new for­eign bid­ders who will de­cide how best to utilise the grounds.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Mar­ios Deme­tri­ades said that govern­ment favours the open­ing of a small ho­tel, shops and ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces at the site of the old air­port.

He told re­porters that the govern­ment is eval­u­at­ing the in­ter­est ex­pressed by three over­seas bid­ders on how to utilise the site.

He said three com­pa­nies have shown in­ter­est to com­mer­cialise the site dur­ing a bid­ding process that was held to­gether with Her­mes Air­ports which is ad­min­is­trat­ing the air­ports for the next 15 years. He said “we hope to reach an agree­ment for a de­vel­op­ment project that will help the lo­cal econ­omy”.

The pro­pos­als by the three for­eign com­pa­nies con­cern a com­bi­na­tion of de­vel­op­ments that in­clude shops, a small ho­tel and a lo­gis­tics cen­tre.

Asked when there will be a de­ci­sion, Deme­tri­ades said that they be­gan eval­u­at­ing the pro­pos­als and when the de­ci­sion is taken they will be­gin ne­go­ti­a­tions. “We hope to con­clude in the next months be­cause all air­ports usu­ally have sim­i­lar de­vel­op­ments near their site, so it is im­por­tant to pro­ceed with it”.

Deme­tri­ades also said that the pro­ce­dure to grant cer­tain se­cu­rity ser­vices to han­dle pas­sen­ger screen­ing at the is­land’s two air­ports has not yet been com­pleted, not­ing this is some­thing that will take place grad­u­ally.

He also said that mea­sures have been taken at Paphos air­port to al­le­vi­ate the over­crowd­ing. Deme­tri­ades also said that at the end of May the bid­ding con­test for the con­struc­tion of a new ar­chae­o­log­i­cal mu­seum in Ni­cosia will be an­nounced. The to­tal funds al­lo­cated for a new mu­seum are es­ti­mated at 50 mln eu­ros and con­struc­tion is sched­uled to start in 2018.

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