Friday, September 19, 2008

Road Network and Public Transport

Due to the fact that Larnaka with its main International Airport, the Port and the Marina, plays the role of the main gate of Cyprus to the rest of the world and due to the fact that Larnaka is very near Nicosia and centrally located on the south shores of Cyprus, its road network connecting to the rest of the island is very well organized. The last important additions are now being completed aiming to serve the new Airport Terminal, the Port and the Marina, the tourist areas and the fast moving in and out of the city. These last road projects are expected to be completed by the year 2007-8.

In contradiction to the perfect conditions for the easy and efficient use of the private car, public transport is not sufficiently developed on the island. The Municipality of Larnaka in cooperation with the local bus companies and the department of transport of the Cyprus Government is seriously trying to solve the problem. Brand new buses have already been imported and all new comprehensive routes are currently under study aiming at eliminating the most serious deficiencies of the Larnaka public transport system. The intercity connections between the main cities and other important areas of the island is equally unsatisfactory and serious efforts for improvement are made by the Cyprus Tourism Organization and the Government.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Environmental improvements "The Salt Lake"

The gifted natural environment of Cyprus is not taken for granted in Larnaka. Continuous efforts and big amounts of money are spent every year for environmental development of the urban areas. New small but organized green parks in the entire city are developed every year. Also, bigger and longer life projects around the Larnaka Salt Lake, which comprises one of the most important ecology systems on the island, are gradually implemented. A natural trail around the salt lake, which is now part of the city, is expected to be completed in the next few years, as well as a museum for its natural history and ecology will be made at the new Terminal.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The New Larnaka Airport

Larnaka hosts the main Cyprus airport and in combination with its existing Port and Marina facilities can be described as the main gate of Cyprus to the rest of the world. Although the Terminal is situated very close to the city center, the town does not experience any noise or air pollution due to the prevailing winds and the wise positioning of the installations.

Recently the Government of Cyprus signed a huge B.O.T. contract with a private company of investors for the construction and development of a new super modern Terminal and new related infrastructure to upgrade the Larnaka airport in two faces. Face 1 aims to accommodate 6 million passengers by the year 2009 and face 2 to accommodate 9 million by the year 2012. The strategic position of the airport in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East is expected to bring a lot of new business and prospects for the town.