Cyprus Air Bases and Airfields
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This page gives details of some of the air bases and airfields on Cyprus which are, or have been, used by the Cyprus Air Force and other countries.

Akrotiri (ICAO code: LCRA)
British Sovereign Base Area. Used by the British Royal Air Force since at least 1955. Also used by the Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps during the 1950s. Remained under British control after independence. Nowadays home to an RAF helicopter SAR squadron and regular armament practice camps. Also used by the US military. Located on a peninsula jutting out from the south coast of the island.
Runway data: Location: N34 35.49 E032 59.29, Elev: 76 ft, Rwy 10/28, Size: 8999 ft (2743 m).

Dhekelia
British Sovereign Base Area. Remained under British control after independence. British Army Air Corps base. Current. Located at the eastern end of the sourthern coastline, south east of Nicosia.
Runway data: Location: N34 59.64 E033 44.90, Elev: 165 ft, Rwy 02/20, Size: 1200 ft (366 m).

Episkopi
Airfield located within the Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area. Remained under British control after independence.
Runway data: Rwy ?, Size: ? x ? ft, Elev: ? ft.

Ercan (ICAO code: LCEN)
Ercan is the only international airport for Turkish Northern Cyprus. Also used by Turkish Army Aviation. Ercan is located east and slightly south of Nicosia.
Runway data: Location: N35 9.0 E033 29.0, Elev: 402 ft (123 m), Rwy ?, Size: 9038 ft (2755 m); Rwy ?, Size: 5905 ft (1800 m).

Kingsfield
Kingsfield is an airstrip within the Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area. Current.
Runway data: Location: N35 01 E033 44, Elev: 275 ft, Rwy 06/24, Size: 4050 ft (1235 m).

Kermia
Airstrip used by the British Army Air Corps in the 1950s. Exact location not known. Current status - presumed disused.
Runway data: Rwy ?, Size: ? x ? ft, Elev: ? ft.

Lakatamia
Lakatamia is the base for Cyprus Air Force helicopters. Located a few kilometres south west of Nicosia. Originally used by the British Army Air Corps in the 1950s. A military base was developed next to the airport during the mid 1990s. Made available to visiting Greek Air Force F-16 units.
Runway data: Location: N35,15417 E33,275 Rwy ?, Size: ? x ? ft, Elev: ? ft.

Larnaca (ICAO code: LCLK)
Larnaca (also known as Lárnax) is the main international civil airport of Greek Southern Cyprus. It took over the role from Nicosia International after the 1974 invasion closed that airport. It is located on the south coast south-east of Nicosia. It is also The main base for the Cyprus Police air wing.
Runway data: Location: N34 52.73 E033 37.82, Elev: 8 ft, Rwy 04/22, Size: 9810 ft (2,990 m).

Lefkoniko
Lefkoniko (also known as Gecitkale) is the main airfield of the Turkish Cypriot Security Force. It is also used by Turkish Army Aviation. Lefkoniko was specifically built as a new military airbase during the 1980s. Exact location not known.
Runway data: Rwy ?, Size: ? x ? ft, Elev: ? ft.

Limassol
Limassol (also known as Lemosás) is a small civil airport. Located to the west of the city of Limassol. Limassol is on the south coast to the east of the Akrotiri Base Area.
Runway data: Rwy ?, Size: ? x ? ft, Elev: ? ft.

Nicosia (ICAO code: LCNC)
Nicosia International (also known as Levkásia) was formerly the principal airport for Cyprus but was closed to international traffic in August 1974 when it ended up within the buffer zone between Turkish and Greek Cypriot troops. Since that time the Airport has been used as a base by UNFICYP for patrolling the Green Line separating the two communities.
Runway data: Rwy ?, Size: ? x ? ft, Elev: ? ft.

Paphos (ICAO code: LCPH)
Paphos International Airport, also known as Pafos. Located on the west coast. The pincipal Cyprus Air Force base for fixed wing aircraft. The airport is also the home of a small aviation museum. The military part of the airport was officially handed over to the Cyprus Defence Ministry on 24 January 1998.
Runway data: Location: N34 43.17 E032 29.08, Elev: 41 ft, Rwy 11/29, Size: 8858 ft (2700 m).

Salamis
Turkish Army Aviation base in Northern Cyprus, from which Cessna U-17 and UH-1D Iroquois were operated on detachment. Salamis is located on the eastern coast, north of Famagusta. Still in use.
Runway data: Rwy ?, Size: ? x ? ft, Elev: ? ft.



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