Paphos Airport Arrivals (PFO)
Flight Arrivals at Paphos Airport
Paphos International Airport is one of the larger airports in Cyprus, and is only one of two that handle international flights. Due to its location, it is an important gateway to the western side of the country. The airport is recognised by its official IATA code of PFO, and is served by several airline companies, of which Ryanair is the carrier that handles the majority of the airport's passenger traffic. The Paphos International Airport arrival area has all facilities required by its passengers, and from just outside the terminal there are several options for ground transportation.
Passengers can fly to Paphos International Airport from a large number of international destinations. However, many of the airport's airline companies only offer seasonal flights. Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines are two of the airport's main carriers, and their flights arrive from Birmingham, Bristol, Belfast-International, East Midlands, London, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne and Leeds/Bradford. These are seasonal flights. Additional seasonal flights are available from Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Brussels, Rhodes and Warsaw, by the airline companies of Enter Air, German Sky Airlines, Jetairfly, Jet Time, Primera Air, Rossiva and Transaero.
New to the airport is Ryanair, and this is currently the airline company that offers the largest number of flights to and from Paphos. The company declared Paphos International Airport as their fiftieth base in 2012, and now offer over eighty flights per week. Throughout the year there are flights available by Ryanair from Chania, the London-Stansted Airport in the United Kingdom, the Milan Orio al Serio Airport and Thessaloniki. Seasonal flights operated by Ryanair are available from Budapest, Frankfurt, Kaunas, Krakow, Memmingen, Oslo, Pisa, Rome, Stockholm and Venice, among other locations.
Paphos Airport is located just 6.5km, or 4 miles to the southeast of the city of Paphos. It is nearby to the areas of Timi, Mandria, Anarita and Acheleia. Paphos is to the south-western side of the country, further to the west of Limassol and Larnaca, but to the southeast of Coral Bay. The airport is the main gateway to many spectacular resorts in the area. Paphos itself is a popular tourist destination, while Coral Bay and Limassol have their own attractions as well. The area is most noted for its beautiful beaches and its lovely mountainous landscapes which offer many breathtaking walking/hiking trails. Several champion golf courses are found in the Paphos area as well. The city of Paphos itself is well known for its historical sights dating back thousands of years, and the city is even on UNESCO's prestigious World Cultural Heritage List. One of the most famous landmarks that is regularly visited by tourists is the Castle of Paphos next to the harbour.
The best way to explore all the wonderful attractions Paphos and the surrounding area has to offer is in a rented car from one of the Paphos Airport car hire companies. They include Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar and Auto Europa, and all offer high quality vehicles at competitive rental rates. A wide selection of vehicles can be hired as well. The car rental companies of the airport are found nearby the arrivals area, and their vehicles are parked within walking distance of the terminal building. Keep in mind that public transport in Cyprus is not very extensive, therefore a rented car is a very good option.
Alternatively, passengers on arrival flights can take a public bus into the city, or to Paphos Harbour. The bus Routes 612 and 613 are available at times that correspond with flight arrivals, usually about every hour. A single journey ticket is very affordable, and can be purchased from the bus driver. The buses leave from stops outside of the terminal building. Nearby the arrivals area as well, taxis are available, and are a good form of transport if more privacy is preferred. There is no train station at the airport, and there are no railway services in Cyprus.
Paphos International Airport consists of just a single terminal building with sections for arriving and departing passengers. Since Hermes Airport Ltd took over the operation of the airport a few years back the terminal building has been renovated, and is now modern and efficient. This is also the company that manages Larnaca International Airport, the largest in the country of Cyprus. Larnaca International Airport has been renovated as well. Today, Paphos Airport has twenty-eight check-in desks, seven airline gates and three baggage carousels. There are also many facilities at the airport, which include a bank, a duty-free store, a gift shop, first aid services, WiFi connections, currency exchange services, a baby room, a tourist help desk and a couple of other shops and restaurants. The hotel reservation desk is useful for arriving passengers who need to arrange accommodation in the city. Many of the most popular hotels are found in the lower Paphos district, which is also the area where many of the historic landmarks and ancient churches are located. A number of hotels can also be found close to the Old Harbour area and the beach promenade. The city is particularly busy during the months between June and October, therefore, be sure to book your rooms as early as possible during this time.
Further details regarding Paphos International Airport flights are available from the airport, at the following contact numbers: Local – 77 77 88 33 and International – +357 26007100. Arrival schedules can be viewed online as well.
Paphos Airport staged a remarkable comeback in November 2023. Passenger numbers surged 6.5% compared to the previous year, surpassing even pre-pandemic figures.