THE NEW €656.3 million
Christofias was joined by his wife Elsi and Hermes Airport Ltd's founder and Chairman Nicolas Shacolas, as well as a number of officials, including French Minister of State for European Affairs Pierre Lellouche, Communications Minister Nicos Nicolaides and EU Commissioner Androller Vassiliou.
A musical performance by the Police Philharmonic Band was followed by a blessing from Archbishop Chrysostomos II and more musical events, before the speeches. The invitation-only event wrapped up with a dance theatre performance, followed by a cocktail reception courtesy of Cyprus Airways.
Arriving at the airport, both the President and Elsi expressed their "pride" over the new building. Asked whether he would be entering with his right foot, left-wing Christofias joked, "I'll be entering with my left foot, which is luckier".
As of Tuesday only flights by Cyprus Airways and easy Jet will go in and out of the new airport. All other airlines will transfer their arrivals and departures to the upgraded building by November 17.
"Today is a landmark, not just in the history of Cypriot tourism, but also our country's developmental substructure in its entirety," said Christoflas, adding that Cypriots should be feeling especially proud of their new airport.
The new airport, said the President, would play a significant role in establishing
The airport, said Christofias, will help
The new airport, he added, is expected to help revive and further boost tourism, increase transit trade and attract new investments. The new premises, which took just over three years to complete, were built by the French firm Bouyges and is the largest infrastructure project with French involvement to date in
Source: Cyprus Mail