Larnaka Airport is Europe’s ‘Most Accessible for People with Disabilities’


For the first time in Cypriot aviation history, Larnaka Airport was awarded first place among 500 other European airports as the ‘Most Accessible Airport for People with Disabilities’ at this year’s ACI (Airports Council International) Awards.


The ACI Europe awards were announced on June 13 during the organisation’s 13th Annual General Assembly, held in Paris, France and attended by representatives from all European airports.


The jury evaluated that Larnaka Airport stood out for its “remarkable, accessible and friendly initiatives, namely in terms of boarding equipment, such the use of the ‘Eagle lift’ facilitates for the embarkation and disembarkation of people with disabilities and mobility difficulties, and in terms of the level of accessibility with regards to check-in machines and e-gates.”



The jury, in its decision to award the first prize to Larnaka Airport, also pointed out that Larnaka Airport “offers disabled people a number of other interesting additional features, such as sockets for electric wheelchairs, free parking for 120 minutes, cooperation with senior travel groups as well as much improved accessibility features on the airport’s website.”





Receiving the first prize on behalf of Hermes Airports, CEO Eleni Kaloyirou, said she felt “proud” and that “it is the first time that a Cypriot airport occupies first place in Europe, in such a demanding category.”


Kaloyirou also congratulated Terminal Services Manager at Hermes Airports, Sophie Christofidou, who is responsible for facilities and services for people with reduced mobility, as well as to S & L Airport Services Ltd, responsible for the delivery of the services for people with disabilities at Larnaka Airport.


In addition, Kaloyirou highlighted Hermes Airports strong commitments to remain “dedicated to the efforts for continuous improvement of this sector in providing high quality services to people with mobility problems or disabilities.”