Cyprus has seen an increase in overseas visitors in 2011, with its two international airports at Larnaca and Paphos reporting passenger number increases compared with 2010.
Adamos Aspiris, A spokesman for the two Cypriot airports, said that the rise in passenger numbers was a sign of the health of the tourism industry of Cyprus, and said that Paphos airport had seen a 9 per cent increase in passengers for the first seven months of 2011, compared with the same period the year previous. Larnaca airport, the island’s largest and main international hub, had seen a 5 per cent increase for the same period.
Mr Aspiris went on to say that the two airports expected to welcome more than 1 million visitors in August, with the number of aircraft using the two sites rising to 175 per day.
Brits finding cheap flights to Larnaca will find a wealth of accommodation and activities in the town itself, or can venture east to Ayia Napa or westwards towards Limassol. Larnaca itself boasts an attractive, palm-lined seafront and marina, as well as restaurants offering a range of international cuisine as well as local specialities such as fasoulaki – lamb with green beans in a red wine sauce – and louvi with lahana, made from black-eyed beans and chard.
Visitors to Cyprus who choose to find flights to Paphos (also known as Pafos) on the west coast of the island will find plenty to see and do in the town. The remains of the Roman governor’s palace there boast some fine mosaic floors which attract many visitors, and the town’s harbour is also a major attraction. The Kato Pafos area around the medieval port offers a good choice of hotels and entertainments.