Larnaca

Illegal parking at Larnaca airport

Illegal parking at the airport: Only 4 parking services are legal

Only the four private car parks, out of more than 18, which operate in total for the service of Larnaca Airport travelers, appear to be licensed. This is the result of investigating the complaints of Themis Thomas and Associates, which are listed in a three-letter letter to the municipalities and communities adjacent to the airport and within the limits of which the commercial activities of this kind are being developed.

Only the four private car parks, out of more than 18, which operate in total for the service of Larnaca Airport travelers, appear to be licensed.

Mr. Thomas, whom POLITIS spoke to, represents some of the licensed businesses of the kind and, as he said, only four of these sites operate with the required licenses. As we confirmed in conversation with the municipal authorities, the two legal parking spaces are operating in Larnaka Municipality and the other two in the Municipality of Dromolaxia-Meneu. In Dromolaxia-Meneu there is a licensing process and a third parking space, which has been operating illegally. All licensed developments have town planning permission by derogation. In the Municipality of Aradippou, as the mayor has confirmed, no such license has been issued nor has it been found to operate illegally a parking space that would serve air travellers during their short absence abroad.

In the Municipality of Aradippou, as the mayor has confirmed, no such license has been issued

Mayor Kiti said there was no approved-licensed parking, nor did he say he is aware of an illegal operation and referred us to the provincial administration, which grants the building permits. From the office of the Larnaca District Office we learned that no such permission for such a parking space has been issued, so if such spaces are operating in the community boundaries of the Larnaca Village or Tersefanou, in the nearest villages of the airport, they will not be licensed. Hermes Airports, as the POLITIS knows, does not know the status of these companies. From the office of the Larnaca District Office we learned that no such permission for such a parking space has been issued, so if such spaces are operating in the community boundaries of the Larnaca Village or Tersefanou, in the nearest villages of the airport, they will not be licensed. Hermes Airports, as the POLITIS knows, does not know the status of these companies. From the office of the Larnaca District Office we learned that no such permission for such a parking space has been issued, so if such spaces are operating in the community boundaries of the Larnaca Village or Tersefanou, in the nearest villages of the airport, they will not be licensed. Hermes Airports, as the POLITIS knows, does not know the status of these companies.

So, Mr Thomas’s information, which in his letter, addressed not only to local authorities but also to state agencies, calls for the enforcement of the order to counter the phenomenon is intersecting. The letter is also addressed to the Commission for the Protection of Competition for a complaint about unfair competition between legal and unlawful enterprises whereby the former invest and have all the required specifications and the second ones are speculating without having any obligation. Thomas explains that unlicensed parking facilities pick up the private cars of unsuspecting citizens after telephone conversation and then carry them to their allegedly approved parking areas, which are “other than observed spaces or areas belonging to unsuspecting citizens and exploited by third parties. Please note, “Thomas said in the same letter,” that there have been several incidents of damage, theft, but also misuse of property. ” Please note that businesses offering this service, whether they are picking up airport travelers or their customers, leave them at their premises and transfer them to the airport. They also offer other services such as car washing. whether they are picking up airport travelers or leaving their customers at their premises and transporting them to the airport. They also offer other services such as car washing. whether they are picking up airport travelers or leaving their customers at their premises and transporting them to the airport. They also offer other services such as car washing.

Five cars were burned – This is a security issue

However, following the letter from the law firm, all the local authorities addressed by Mr Thomas have been alarmed and have begun an investigation to find out whether there are parking facilities of this kind that are not licensed at their borders.

Another serious issue posed by the lawyer in his letter is the issue of security. As he explains, “no security is provided to private cars transported to these car parks, but at the same time remains security of the airport. As he explains, “perimeter of the fenced parking area of ​​Larnaca Airport has become an intervention by unauthorized parking garages, creating large openings in order to be able to penetrate undisturbed and carry out their illegal activity. The site remains exposed by giving access to anyone. ” From time to time, he notes, his clients made complaints, but without the bosses to bother to answer.

Referring to a specific incident, Mr. Thomas notes that a car was fired in a non-licensed parking area across from Larnaca Airport. “Initially, the fire started off a vehicle without knowing the real reason, since all the illegal sites did not respond to the security measures they should have, such as providing security systems, monitoring, etc. Then the fire was transported to adjacent vehicles, resulting in the total destruction of five “. This parking area is also close to a fuel storage area, he points out.

Larnaca Cat Sanctuary

Located a few miles out of Larnaca, on the outskirts of a village called Alethriko, there is a new Cat Sanctuary, named Sandy's Cat Sanctuary, after a beloved Feline. There is a big problem with stray Cats in Cyprus and many of them are abused, poisoned, shot, run over or they just suffer full stop.

On the edge of Larnaca, near the airport, there is an abandoned restaurant next to Tekke Mosque, which seems to have become a dumping ground for Cats. Elias, featured in the video, has been visiting the Cats there for a long time and feeding them, but recently, there were a large number kicked to death and at that point, they decided to take as many as possible to the shelter, even though they were not really ready to operate at that point.

Animal lover Susan Antoniou (London) has always been an animal lover and it was her dream to do something about it, then finally last year, she was able to realise her dream, but being the main sponsor of the new sanctuary, which is a few acres of land in a peaceful location, not far from Alethriko.  At present, it is little more than several shipping containers joined together, with separate areas inside, for Kittens, Cats with FIV and so on.

The entire area is fenced off, but sadly, they got flooded in November, due to torrential rain, which will cost a lot of money to repair. There are obviously large monthly overheads, feeding the Cats, medication etc. This will only increase along with the number of Cats. The shelter is currently being run by Elias and a couple of friends, who devote nearly all their time for free, but it is too much for them alone.

In the first instance, they need donations to help with running costs, as well as improvements and additional facilities. Also, they are looking for a generous benefactor or Timber shed manufacturer to donate a few small garden rooms that can be fitted out as sleeping areas for volunteers who may wish to fly over for a few weeks and have some hands on experience looking after the Cats, which is so rewarding.

We need a lot of help, as it is in short supply with everything

I was only there an hour or two and every time I sat down, I was inundated by the fluffy little darlings climbing all over me, it's actually very dangerous as the risk of falling for one them is VERY HIGH!

If you would like to support this wonderful cause, please feel free to contact them directly via their website below, or donate directly with Paypal or even contact them with a view to flying over and spending some time helping out. There is no space on-site yet, but they will invariably find someone to put you up while you are over......so if you fancy spending a few weeks in sunny Cyprus, saving the lives of these gorgeous innocent creatures, please get in touch.

I’ve seen cats eating bread, chicken bones, fish bones that get stuck in their throats, then die in pain, or cats which are poisoned, drowned, shot, or kicked to death.

Should you wish to sponsor the sanctuary arrange day visits for Cat lovers, enquire about adopting or anything else, please feel free to get in touch. This really is a wonderful cause and it was a privilege to visit this place, I will be returning on my next trip.

A few words from Susan............

"I started the sanctuary to save all the stray cats because the majority of Cypriots show no mercy and consider them vermin. i would not go to cyprus as i could not bear to see those skinny, sick cats that nobody was interested in, worse still starving to death, searching through bins to find what they could to survive. I’ve seen cats eating bread, chicken bones, fish bones that get stuck in their throats, then die in pain, or cats which are poisoned, drowned, shot, or kicked to death.

The government is not interested in the cats, the same thing applies to dogs. i wanted to give them a home. lots of kittens are taken from their mums too early and abandoned at Tekke, which is a popular place for dumping cats and kittens. i wanted to give them a future, to live longer than just a few months, so i decided that rather than walk away, i would do something to save as many as possible, so i bought 5 acres of land to house all the strays.

I have friends that have done a lot of running around and i cannot thank them enough for the hard work they do every day to save the lives of so many strays. the plan is to rescue, help and neuter stray cats then hopefully find new homes for them. at the shelter they will have access to good food, safety and not be at risk of starving.

We need a lot of help, as it is in short supply with everything including food. i can only do so much , what i would really like is to have all the cats in Cyprus to have a good and safe life."

Susan - co-founder of the sanctuary

PLEASE FORWARD ANY DONATIONS TO US VIA PAYPAL

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www.friendsoflarnacacats.org

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The old Larnaca Airport

History

Larnaca Airport was hastily developed towards the end of 1974 after the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey on 20 July of the same year, which forced the closure of Nicosia International Airport. The site on which it was built (near the Larnaca Salt Lake), had been previously used as an airfield in the 1930s and, subsequently, as a military installation by the British forces.

Larnaca International opened on 8 February 1975, with only limited infrastructure facilities and a prefabricated set of buildings comprising separate halls for departures and arrivals. The first airlines to use the new airport were Cyprus Airways using Viscount 800s leased from British Midland and Olympic Airways using NAMC YS-11s. Initially, the runway at Larnaca International was too short for jet aircraft.

The old airport was operating from 8th February 1975 until the 7th November 2009 when the new terminal opened.

Nobody who has travelled to Larnaca in the last 40 years would not feel sentimental at the sight of this airport. Even though the new terminal is stunning, this old airport was the quintessential Cypriot airport.

The old Taxi office was the usual point of contact with cab drivers who used to hang around here playing Tavli, drinking coffee and generally making a Cypriot nuisance of themselves!

The terminal was gradually improved over the years, but as the number of visitors grew, the terminal was eventually bursting at the seams and eventually a new terminal was needed.

Deal for development of old Larnaca airport signed

After the new terminal opened, the old terminal sat there unused (apart from being used as a private terminal for visiting heads of state, VIPs, and private aircraft operators.

There was a FANTASTIC deal on the table in 2012, a Chinese investor was going to invest FIVE HUNDRED MILLION EUROS to develop the old airport and the deal was even reported as having been signed, but the Cypriot Government dithered so much in their response that the investor pulled out….so the old terminal continues to sit there as a souvenir of the past for the foreseeable future.

(News article from 23rd March 2012)

The Island’s airport operator Hermes signed a multi-million Euro deal with Chinese company Far Eastern Phoenix early this morning for the redevelopment of the old Larnaca airport facility.

(The proposal video for the development of the old terminal)

Larnaca Salt Lake

Larnaca Salt Lake is one of the most important wetlands in Cyprus and it has been declared a Ramsar and a Natura 2000 site. It is a complex network of four salt lakes (3 of them interconnected) of different sizes to the west of the city of Larnaca. The largest is lake Aliki, followed by lake Orphani, lake Soros and lake Spiro. They form the second largest salt lake in Cyprus after the Limassol Salt Lake. The total surface area of the lakes adds up to 2.2 km2 and being just off the road leading to Larnaca International Airport is one of the most distinctive landmarks of the area. It is considered one of the most important wetlands of Cyprus. Continue reading