Passenger traffic at Pafos International Airport reached 4.1 mn in the first six months of 2017, recording a major increase of 17.8%, as the airport marks ten years of operations. Pafos International Airport was inaugurated on November 8, 2008.

According to Hermes Airports, the consortium that manages the island’s two international airports, Pafos airport grew by 27% in the first ten years, and from 1.8 million passengers in 2006, last year it welcomed 2.3 million passengers.

It said that in total, more than 12,700 jobs in the tourist industry across Cyprus, out of which 3,000 concern Pafos Airport exclusively, are sustained by the operation of the two international airports.

With an annual contribution of more than 500 million euros to the economy of Cyprus, corresponding to approximately 3% of Cyprus’ GDP, Larnaca and Pafos International Airports are justifiably considered to be among the major drivers of economic growth in the country and are acknowledged as key generators of thousands of jobs, the company said.

Eleni Kalogirou, Director of Hermes, said that “we are working very closely with the government and tour operators to increase the number of visitors coming to Cyprus”.