Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport

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Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport
Aeroporto di Bari-Karol Wojtyła
Aeroporto bari airside.jpg


BRI is located in Italy
Location of the airport in Italy
Airport type Public
Operator Aeroporti di Puglia
Serves Bari, Italy
Elevation AMSL 177 ft / 54 m
Coordinates 41°08′19.88″N 16°45′38.14″E / 41.1388556°N 16.7605944°E / 41.1388556; 16.7605944
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 9,251 2,820 Paved Asphalt
12/30 (Closed) 5,512 1,680 Paved Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 3,677,160
Passenger change 13–14 Increase 2.2%
Statistics from Assaeroporti[1]

Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Bari-Karol Wojtyła) (IATA: BRIICAO: LIBD) is an airport serving the city of Bari in Italy. It is approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) northwest from the town centre. The airport is also known as Palese Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Palese) after a nearby neighbourhood. The airport handled 3,677,160 passengers in 2014.


Early years[edit]

The airport of Bari was originally a military airfield, built in the 1930s by the Regia Aeronautica. During the World War II Italian Campaign it was seized by the British Eighth Army in late September 1943 and turned into an Allied military airfield. Until the end of the war in May 1945, it was used by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces both as an operational airfield as well as a command and control base. In addition the airfield was used by the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force (Aviazione Cobelligerante Italiana, or ACI), or Air Force of the South (Aeronautica del Sud). After the war it was turned over to the post-war Air Force of the Italian Republic (Aeronautica Militare Italiana).

In the 1960s it was opened to civil flights and Alitalia schedules regular flights to Rome, Catania, Palermo, Ancona, Venice. The routes were later taken over by ATI, using a Fokker F27 airplane. When ATI put into operation the new DC-9-30 it became necessary to create a new runway, while the military complex was still used as passenger terminal.

In 1981 a new building was completed, originally intended to be used as cargo terminal, but it became in fact the airport's new passengers terminal.

Development since the 1990s[edit]

In 1990, with the Football World Cup, the runway was extended and the terminal was upgraded, going through a further renovation in 2000. However, the traffic increase showed the infrastructural limitations of the airport and in 2002 the founding stone of the new passenger terminal was laid out. At the same time, flight infrastructures (aircraft parking areas, runway etc.) were upgraded. In 2005, the new terminal was completed and opened to passengers.

In 2005, construction works for a new control tower began and they were completed the following year. In 2006 a further extension of the runway was begun, and in 2007 the planning of an extension of the passenger terminals was commissioned. They were upgraded in 2005–2006 with the opening of a new passenger terminal equipped with 4 jet bridges and a multistorey car park.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air Europa Seasonal: Madrid
Air Vallee Tirana [2]
Alitalia Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino, Tirana
Seasonal: Turin
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
B&H Airlines Seasonal charter: Sarajevo, Mostar
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick
easyJet London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Düsseldorf
operated by Eurowings
Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Meridiana Seasonal: Olbia
Mistral Air Seasonal: Mostar, Sofia (begins 30 May 2015)
Ryanair Baden-Baden/Karlsruhe, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld (begins 28 October 2015), Bologna, Cagliari, Charleroi, Genoa, Hahn, London-Stansted, Malta, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino (ends 28 March 2015), Rome-Fiumicino (begins 29 March 2015), Treviso, Trieste, Turin, Weeze
Seasonal: Dublin, Kos, Maastricht/Aachen, Valencia
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Seasonal: Zürich Seasonal: Amsterdam
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk (begins 28 April 2015) [3]
Volotea Catania, Palermo, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Seasonal: Athens (begins 1 June 2015), Heraklion, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Mykonos, Santorini, Skiathos (begins 30 June 2015)
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Florence
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca,[4] Prague, Sofia (begins 14 September 2015), Timişoara

Ground transportation[edit]

Departure area


The airport can be reached by the ring road of Bari and from the A14 motorway.


The Bari metropolitan railway service connects the Airport with the Bari Centrale railway station in the city centre.


AMTAB buses provide public transportation to the airport from the city centre ( Line 16). Urban buses are operative from 5 11 p.m. Pugliairbus is a seasonal bus transportation service which operates interconnection service with Brindisi and Foggia airports. Pugliairbus also reaches turistic locations.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport at Wikimedia Commons