The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is responsible for the provision and regulation of Air Traffic services in the Nicosia Flight Information Region and the control towers at Larnaca and Paphos airports, the development and operation of the country’s airports and the development of air transport services with third countries. Safety and Security Regulation and the implementation of European Law on air transport are also among the main activities of the Department.
With the accession of Cyprus to the European Union, the new Civil Aviation Law N.213 (I) 2002, which is fully harmonised with the acquis communautaire on Air transport, entered into force. The adoption and implementation of the acquis is a continuous process therefore the DCA follows closely the developments in the EU so that it implements new Regulations and Directives expediently and effectively. Since the air transport environment is dynamic and there is a change in Regulation, the Department follows closely the development on this matter.
The liberalisation of Air Services for routes within the Community has been one of the major changes that came about with the accession to the EU. Despite the short period since accession, the benefits to the customer are already evident and are manifested lower fares and increased choices of routes and carriers.
The process of modernising Cyprus´ airports has proceeded with the selection of the private consortium, Hermes Airports, which has taken over the development and operation of the new airports under a B.O.T project (Build, Operate, Transfer) for a period of 25 years. In the meantime the consortium will also operate the existing facilities, which have already undergone improvements, until construction of the new airports is completed.
|Number of Towers Operated||2|
|Number of Area Control Centres||1|
|Number of Employees||300|
|Number of ATCOs||110|