|Alghero - Riviera del Corallo Airport
Aeroporto di Alghero-Fertilia
|Elevation AMSL||87 ft / 27 m|
Alghero - Riviera del Corallo Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Alghero - Riviera del Corallo; Catalan: L'Aeroport de l'Alguer-Fertília) (IATA: AHO, ICAO: LIEA) is an international airport situated 4.3 NM (8.0 km; 4.9 mi) north-northwest of the city of Alghero, in northern Sardinia, Italy. It is also known as Alghero-Fertilia Airport, named for the nearby village of Fertilia or Alghero Airport. It is one of the three main airports serving Sardinia, the other ones being Olbia in the northeast, and near Cagliari in the south.
Domestic flights from nine Italian airports provided around 600,000 passengers annually for 2000 to 2004, while fifteen international connections caused an increase of passenger traffic from 100,000 in 2000 to 400,000 in 2004, bringing total traffic to 1.5 million passengers recorded in 2012.
The airport is operated by SO.GE.A.AL (Societa di Gestione Aeroporto di Alghero).
The airport opened in March 1938 as a military airport. During World War II it was equipped with a 700-metre runway. Following the war, the runway was lengthened and improved.
During the early 1960s the civil activities moved on the east side of the property and an old hangar was used as a passenger terminal. In 1971 the first passenger terminal was built. In the middle of the 1970s the runway was lengthened to the current 3000 meters.
In 1980 Alitalia established a flight school at Alghero Airport which trained up to 100 pilots a year, in conjunction with a diversification of activities including air taxi and maintenance services. The school closed in March 2003.
Development in the 2000s
At the end of February 2006 there was a disagreement between the municipalities of Sassari and Alghero concerning the name of the airport (by then called "Alghero-Riviera del Corallo" or "Alghero-Fertilia airport". It was suggested that the name should be changed to "Sassari-Alghero", which was the name used by Alitalia to advertise the first flights to the airport. The discussions came to nothing and the name recognized by Italian (ENAV) and the international aviation authorities) remains "Alghero-Fertilia", although the intention of the airport management company is to change the name to "Alghero-Riviera del Corallo".
On 23 November 2007 management of the airport was transferred to SO.GE.A.AL. for a period of 40 years.
The terminal building was recently renovated and expanded with the construction of a new terminal, which allowed the airport to expand the services offered to travelers. A renovation of the old terminal is planned to transform it into a shopping mall. On 9 April 2008, the new departures and arrivals halls were inaugurated in the presence of civil authorities, the military and the Bishop of the Diocese of Alghero-Bosa Giacomo Lanzetti. This expanded the terminal area from 8000m2 to approximately 14000m2.
30 March 2009, Alghero Airport became a Ryanair hub, with two aircraft with their crews based there. However the airport's relationship with the Irish company has not always been smooth. For example, in Aug 2009 Ryanair announced it would discontinue the routes between Frankfurt Hahn and Madrid from October of the same year in addition to withdrawing various seasonal flights. The matter was eventually resolved and the routes were not cancelled. In January 2010 Ryanair asked for further subsidies from the local authorities. When this was refused Ryanair announced it would cut seven routes to and from the airport. The local government signed agreements with Meridiana Fly and Alitalia to take over some routes, ending Ryanair's near monopoly on international flights from the airport. However the new routes were quickly cancelled due to poor load-factors. Ryanair has resumed some of the cancelled routes (although flights to Hahn and Charleroi ended in October 2013) and remains the dominant carrier at the airport.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Alitalia Cityliner
|Atlantic Airways||Seasonal charter: Copenhagen|
|Jet Time||Seasonal charter: Billund, Helsinki|
|Ryanair||Bergamo, Bologna, Bratislava, Cuneo, Eindhoven, Girona, London-Stansted, Madrid, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Treviso
Summer seasonal: Ancona, Beauvais, Charleroi, Dublin, Gothenburg-City, Hahn, Memmingen, Stockholm-Skavsta, Turin, Trieste, Weeze
|Thomson Airways||Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester (begins 2 May 2015)|
|TUIfly Nordic||Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg-City, Stockholm-Arlanda, Oslo Gardermoen|
|Volotea||Verona (begins 31 May 2015)|
Seasonal: Budapest (begins 15 June 2015)
- Border police
- Customs office
- Ticket office
- Tourist information office
- Emergency room
- Services for passengers with reduced mobility
- Bar and fast food
- Duty-free shopping
- Bus and taxi
- Car hire
- Short and long term parking
|March||29,967||32,550||32,236||37,356||52,769||52,523||48,259[pax 1]||73,473||23,333[pax 2]||77,908|
- The airport was closed for major works from 14 to 23 March 2004.
- The airport was closed for major works from 18 to 24 March 2006.
The airport can be reached from the city via the Strada Statale 42 and from the rest of the island via the SS 131 Carlo Felice Highway and the SS 291. The Sardinian transport operator ARST operates suburban public transport lines between Alghero and the airport and also to Sassari, Olbia and Cagliari. There are also seasonal links by private company links from Cagliari and Santa Teresa Gallura.
Media related to Alghero Fertilia airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official site (English)
- "A brief history of the Alghero airport" of Valter Battistoni, Sun Editions, ISBN 978-2012 Alghero 88-88636641
- Airport information for LIEA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- Current weather for LIEA at NOAA/NWS
- Airport information for AHO at Great Circle Mapper.
- Accident history for AHO at Aviation Safety Network