Extension work on a new airport near Lanarca in Cyprus is almost completed. It is?
Extension work on a new airport near Lanarca in Cyprus is almost completed. It is being built by Greek Cypriots who are trying to rebuild their economy -- particularly tourism -- which was shattered by the hostilities last summer.
Greek Cypriot authorities are hoping to open the airport by the end of this month for international flights. Initially, they hope to take short-haul aircraft -- possibly from Beirut, Athens and Tel Aviv.
Greek Cypriots lost their air links when the Turks took over the international airport in Nicosia. The badly-damaged airport has since been closed and placed under United Nations' control.
With the loss of air links, they have also lost their most valuable industry ... tourism. In December, there were fewer than a thousand tourists on the island, compared with about 20,000 for the corresponding month of 1973.