Nicosia’s abandoned airport
Nicosia International Airport was the gateway to Cyprus for sun seeking holiday makers. In July 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus, bombing the airport making it inoperable. Now it lies derelict, trapped in the United Nations Buffer Zone, a designated no mans land, seperating the Northern Turkish controlled Cyprus and the Southern Greek Cyprus.
The now abandoned terminal was designed by German company Dorch-Gehrmann of Wiesbaden. The new terminal could accommodate 800 passengers at one time and the parking apron 11 aircraft. The airport operated as a busy European holiday hub which became the site of chaotic scenes as holidaymakers and other foreign nationals tried to leave the island prior to the conflict.
The airport is unlikely to be ever used again.