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40 Years On: Photographer Gets Rare Access To The Airport That Time Forgot
A freelance photographer has recently entered the derelict Nicosia International Airport in North Cyprus, exactly 40 years after the last flight left.
The decision was made based on a viewing of Burton’s previous work at Chernobyl and other abandoned locales around the world, part of his on-going Urbex (Urban Exploration)
Chris says he felt highly privileged to explore Nicosia International Airport, after having undergone strict security clearance.
“I have become one of a few people lucky enough to witness this unusual, desolate location first hand, and wanted to create a set of photos that accurately represented what I witnessed”, says Chris.
“It was a scorching hot day (38°C) and it was strange to experience an airport terminal without nice cool air conditioning, let alone without the crowds!”
“Having the full freedom of a large international airport was a bizarre experience, and one I’ll probably never repeat.”
Nicosia International Airport
Nicosia International Airport (Greek: Διεθνές Αεροδρόμιο Λευκωσίας, Turkish: Lefkoşa Uluslararası
A modern terminal was built in 1968, at a cost of £1,100,000 of which £500,000 was contributed by Britain. The new terminal could accommodate 800 passengers at one time and the parking apron 11 aircraft.
In June 1974 plans were in place for the terminal to be extended and the apron to be enlarged to 16 aircraft. This was never to happen: on 15 July 1974 Greek nationalists overthrew the democratically elected president of Cyprus and Nicosia Airport became a site of chaotic scenes as holidaymakers tried to leave the island.
Due to heavy bombing, the airport has remained closed ever since and now sits in the United Nations controlled no-man’s land between the North and South of the island. Currently the airport is a ghost town, looking exactly like it did the day the last flight left in July 1974, but is now home to pigeons and 40 years of dirt and nature.
“I’ve visited some strange locations during my career, but this is one of the strangest and I hope my photos do justice in showing people such an area of intrigue”, Concludes Chris.
About Chris Burton
Chris Burton lives in Manchester with his fiancé, Louise and Siberian Husky, Storm, but finds himself all over the world as part of his career.
Chris Burton is a freelance Television Cameraman and Photographer and has shot for all major broadcasters including Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, BBC, Sky and Channel 4. His work is diverse - from the popular BBC Children’s show ‘Mister Maker’ to Discovery Channel’s top-rated documentary ‘Mighty Ships’.
He has also spent 7 years travelling the world as Director Of Photography on the cult ghost-hunting show ‘Most Haunted’ and is a member of the on-screen team.
Aside from freelance work, Chris operates the stock library Kingdoms.co.uk where he uploads photos from his travels to some very unusual places and where media photo editors can buy digital rights or the public can buy prints or canvases.
Readers interested in viewing the photos from Nicosia International Airport can visit: http://www.kingdoms.co.uk/
Chris Burton’s Freelance Website: http://www.lizard-
Stock Images: http://www.kingdoms.co.uk/
Please credit any photos used “© 2014 Kingdoms.co.uk / Chris Burton”
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