North Cyprus holidays often include the flight especially if you choose a package holiday to North Cyprus. Independent travelers need to find a flight for themselves.
Northern Cyprus is not allowed to accept direct flights so all flights must put down in Turkey first. Passengers on Turkish airline flights will be required to change flights at Ataturk airport in Istanbul. The ongoing flight is then an internal flight. It pays to study the airline schedule for Turkish airlines flights for connection times, particularly for the outbound journey. On some days there is just a one hour wait for a connecting flight but on other days it may be as long as four hours. Turkish airlines flies from Manchester, Birmingham and London Stansted and Gatwick. AnadaluJet, a low cost carrier owned by Turkish airlines also flies from London Stansted but puts down at the other Istanbul airport on the Asian side, Sabiha Gokgen airport. Passengers do not leave the plane but, after a suitable wait, the flight is deemed to be an internal flight and it allowed to continue to Northern Cyprus
Pegasus flies daily from London Stansted and weekly from Manchester in the summer months. These flights put down at a specified airport in Turkey, wait for a while then take off again for Ercan. Passengers traveling through to Cyprus do not leave the plane.
A new airline is planned for 2011 to replace the failed North Cyprus Turkish airline. Atlas Jet may yet operate flights too
The airport in North Cyprus is known as both Ercan and Lefkosa and lies to the east of Lefkosa (Nicosia).
With the ease of crossing the border from the south, many visitors now use Larnaca airport. Monarch flights fly into Larnaca from a number of UK airports, Manchester, Birmingham, Luton and London Gatwick airports.
It takes usually just under the hour to reach the Metehan crossing point into Northern Cyprus. It is best to arrange a taxi from North Cyprus to collect you at Larnaca airport.
Easyjet flies into Paphos airport but the transfer time to a crossing point in Nicosia is a couple of hours and the taxi fare is high.