Two new firefighting vehicles were handed over to the fire service at an official ceremony by Hermes airports on Sunday for use at Paphos airport.
Speaking at the ceremony on behalf of Hermes, senior executive director Eleni Kaloyirou praised the close cooperation that exists between Hermes and the fire service and noted that with the acquisition of two new vehicles, Paphos airport had upgraded to an even greater level of security.
On behalf of the fire service, the vehicles were received by Paphos district chief Spyros Papamichael.
Papamichael thanked Hermes for the purchase of two new trucks and for its contribution to the general effort to upgrade the fire brigade’s equipment based at Paphos airport.
The two Iveco vehicles, Dragon 6×6, come complete with the latest technology and can cross all sort of difficult terrain. They can store up to 12,000 litres of water, 1,500 litres of foam and up to 250kg of powder.
The vehicles can reach 80km per hour in less than 20 seconds and have a top speed of 115km per hour, and are 120HP.
Overall, more than seven million passengers are handled annually in Larnaca and Paphos airports.
According to Hermes, CNA said, it is estimated that each additional flight added at a Cyprus airport creates around 100 new jobs. Some 12,700 people are employed by Hermes.
With an annual contribution of more than €500 million to the island’s economy, representing around 3 per cent of GDP, the two airports are considered a major driving force, CNA said.