Virtual walk of old airport in the UN Buffer Zone of Nicosia now possible


The Cyprus Institute has made it possible to undertake a virtual walkthrough of the old Nicosia Airport located in the United Nations buffer zone in Cyprus.

According to Cyprus Mail, the Institute and its team of researchers have completed the full digitisation of the former Nicosia International Airport with the support of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (Unficyp).

The project, titled Recapturing the Spirit of the Old Nicosia Airport, allows people to virtually explore the airport, which has been abandoned following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.

“Thanks to the NIC platform it is now possible to explore it again, virtually walking all its spaces including offices, shops, public and restricted areas, bringing back to the society a landmark of Cyprus history,” the institute said in a statement.

The NIC Project (named after the airport’s IATA code) focuses on an interdisciplinary 3D modelling and a visualisation process to create interactive applications for virtual tours.

Figure 1. NIC Platform Homepage. Photo: The Cyprus Institute.

The first version of the platform includes a “full virtual tour including all accessible areas of the main terminal, the control tower, the hangar, and three planes sitting in the airport premises.”

There is also a collection of historical images and videos which aim to open a window to the days when the airport was fully operational and used by numerous holiday makers.

The platform is freely available at

READ MORE: Cyprus: The Forgotten Invasion.

Source: The Cyprus Institute.




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