The new Larnaca Airport building is scheduled to open 7th Nov 2009 with Cyprus Airways and Easyjet flights. Other airlines are to move over the next 10 days.
I have been there as a test passenger and although work is still in progress on the fitting out it was clear the major engineering looks finished. It is very much larger than the previous one, some 4 times larger overall.
There are now 16 airbridges to connect to the planes so in most cases the bus ride is over! You leave the aircraft and go along a walkway at ground level to passport control and the baggage hall and emerge into a much larger arrivals area which looks well organised with signs to the tour coach area with its own level exit to the coach park, hire cars and those being met by friends etc and who then go up to the car park. When you leave the airport you can go directly to the motorway from the car park exit.
On departure it is straight off the motorway into the car parks etc which are at the departure level, effectively the first floor of the building. The check in area is much larger with 67 counters plus self check-in kiosks. Again more security check points are there, then through to more shops and eating places than in the old building. Most departure gates are at the side of a large open seating area, totally unlike the old airport. Plenty of toilets are also there.
Testing with volunteers has been in progress for some time and that involved in my case checking in with a large number of other volunteers at the same time but for several different flights, each of us were issued with 2 weighted cases to check-in and then all the way through to the departure gate. Some had extra roles such as to lose things, become ill and in my case having passed through to the airbridge for my first flight then following the transfer passenger route right through to going through the gate to the aircraft walkway for my second flight.
I wish them well for the opening and this new terminal will make entering and leaving Cyprus a rather better experience than the present long serving terminal.