Isolated for almost half a century, the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has just opened a half-billion-dollar airport terminal in the hope of boosting tourism.

Only Ankara recognizes the statehood of the TRNC, whose sole source of flights is Turkey, but the new terminal has left it dreaming of international connections.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the east Mediterranean island in response to a Greek-sponsored coup.