Nicosia International Airport—A Moment Frozen In Time

War? What is it good for?

This airport is the result of war. And it is no longer good for planes, or passengers.

I hope you enjoy.




Poster_HolidayNicosia International airport stands abandoned, frozen in time in no man’s land.

The time is August 17, 1974 and the land is the UN buffer zone in Cyprus. Created after Turkey (in response to a Greek-inspired coup attempt) invaded the island, the buffer zone stretches the breadth of Cyprus dividing it into a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north. The buffer zone is  patrolled by UN peacekeepers and caught in its 180 mile strip are villages, farms, cities (including Nicosia, the last divided capital in Europe) and its former airport.

Today the mod 1960s waiting areas and posters advertising the excitement of travel are festooned with 40 years worth of pigeon droppings.

Poster_Around_the_worldThe airport, built in 1968, was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting during the invasion and signs of fighting are still visible—barbed wire enclosures, old bunkers and bullet holes.

On the runway an abandoned Cyprus Airways’ Trident…

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