Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport

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Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
Aeroporto di Bologna-Guglielmo Marconi
Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport Terminal.jpg


BLQ is located in Italy
Location of the airport in Italy
Airport type Public
Serves Bologna, Italy
Elevation AMSL 123 ft / 37 m
Coordinates 44°32′07.60″N 11°17′19.20″E / 44.5354444°N 11.2886667°E / 44.5354444; 11.2886667Coordinates: 44°32′07.60″N 11°17′19.20″E / 44.5354444°N 11.2886667°E / 44.5354444; 11.2886667
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 9,196 2,800 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 6,580,481
Passenger change 13–14 Increase 6.2%
Aircraft movements 65,058
Movements change 13–14 Decrease -0.5%
Source: List of the busiest airports in Europe
Statistics from Assaeroporti[1]

Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Bologna-Guglielmo Marconi) (IATA: BLQICAO: LIPE) is an international airport serving the city of Bologna in Italy. It is approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) northwest of the town center in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, about 200 km (120 mi) south-east of Milan. The airport is named after Bologna native Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian electrical engineer and Nobel laureate. With 6,580,481 passengers handled in 2014, it is now the 7th busiest in Italy.



For the period 2011–2013, the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport planned the restyling and expansion of the Terminal. Bologna airport will grow in size, from the current total surface of 3,100 m2 (33,000 sq ft) to the total surface of 3,100 m2 (33,000 sq ft). The number of gates will increase from 20 to 24. Even the number of security checkpoints will increase from the current 7 to a total of 10 and 25 additional toilet facilities will be opened throughout the airport. Greater emphasis will assume the area devoted to commercial activities (shops will be 35 against the current 29), and in particular, in airside, after security checks, the "air" commercial areas will be doubled (+136%), while in landside they will increase by 38%. Moreover, a new baggage handling system BHS will be installed in the new single check-in area on the ground floor (with 64 Check-in Counters); and will be created 5 piers with 2 air bridges for the direct transfer of passengers from the terminal to the aircraft. The restyling will be completed in the fall of 2013.[2]

Facts and figures:
Today !
Total Surface (m2) 36,100
Shopping Area (m2) 5,500
Number of Gates 24
Number of Security Checkpoints 10
Number of Toilet facilities 145


Bologna airport has one runway (12/30; Length 2,800x45 m) made of bituminous conglomerate material, with 7.5-meter-wide side bands on both sides.

12 2,800 2,920 2,800 2,493
30 2,800 2,860 2,800 2,438

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Rhodes
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca
Air Baltic Seasonal: Pantelleria
Air Dolomiti Munich[4]
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Moldova Chișinău
AlbaStar Seasonal charter: Karpathos, Ibiza, Rhodes
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino, Tirana,
Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins 16 June 2015)[5]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Blue Air Bacău, Bucharest
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal charter: Mombasa
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Tirana, Lampedusa
Seasonal: Mykonos,[6] Santorini,[6] Zakynthos, Skiathos, Kos
British Airways London-Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Czech Airlines Prague, Stuttgart (begins 26 May 2015)[7]
EasyJet Hamburg,[8] London-Gatwick, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
EasyJet Switzerland Geneva (begins 1 May 2015) [9]
Germanwings Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn
HOP! Lyon
operated by Air Nostrum
Jetairfly[10] Marrakech, Seasonal: Casablanca
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Meridiana Cagliari, Olbia
Seasonal: Santorini
Seasonal charter: Marsa Alam
Mistral Air Charter: Mostar, Lampedusa, Fuerteventura, Mersa Matruh
Neos Boa Vista, Cancùn, Fuerteventura, Sal, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Ibiza, Kos, Menorca, Mykonos, Zanzibar, Djerba, Rodi, Heraklion
Seasonal charter: Dubai-World Central, Lampedusa, Marsa Alam, Mersa Matruh, Mombasa, Monastir
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Djerba, Monastir, Tabarka
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Primera Air Seasonal: Aalborg, Reykjavik
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Alghero, Barcelona, Bari, Bucharest, Beauvais, Berlin-Schönefeld (begins 27 October 2015), Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Charleroi, Kraków, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, London-Stansted, Madrid, Malta, Palermo, Seville, Tenerife-South, Trapani, Valencia, Warsaw-Modlin, Weeze, Wrocław
Seasonal: Alicante, Bordeaux, Bristol, Chania, Dublin, Edinburgh, Ibiza, Kos, Málaga, Manchester, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Rhodes
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda
TAP Portugal Lisbon, Zagreb
TAROM Iași Eindhoven
Tunisair Tunis, Seasonal charter: Djerba
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal: Lviv (begins 25 June 2015) [11]
VLM Airlines Liège (begins 1 May 2015)
Vueling Barcelona, Paris-Orly, Seasonal charter: Menorca
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest (resumes 5 June 2015), Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Katowice (resumes 26 June 2015),[12] Sofia, Timişoara


Bologna Airport apron
Passenger numbers at Bologna-Borgo Panigale[13]
Year Passengers Handled Change % Aircraft Movements Change % Cargo (tonnes) Change %
2000 3,524,789 Increase 6.1% 61,909 Increase 2.0% 25,034 Increase 2.3%
2001 3,440,051 Decrease −2.2% 56,746 Decrease −0.8% 26,197 Increase 4.7%
2002 3,414,475 Decrease −0.7% 54,956 Decrease −3.2% 24,959 Decrease −4.7%
2003 3,562,010 Increase 4.3% 56,738 Increase 3.2% 28,211 Increase 13.0%
2004 2,908,271 Decrease −18.4% 44,804 Decrease −21.0% 21,106 Decrease −25.2%
2005 3,690,953 Increase 26.9% 54,157 Increase 20.9% 25,469 Increase 20.7%
2006 4,001,436 Increase 8.4% 63,585 Increase 17.4% 32,465 Increase 27.5%
2007 4,361,951 Increase 9.0% 66,698 Increase 4.9% 18,700 Decrease −42.4%
2008 4,225,446 Decrease −3.1% 62,042 Decrease −7.0% 26,497 Increase 41.7%
2009 4,782,284 Increase 13.2% 64,925 Increase 4.7% 27,329 Increase 3.1%
2010 5,511,669 Increase 15.3% 70,269 Increase 8.2% 37,800 Increase 38.3%
2011 5,885,884 Increase 6.8% 69,153 Decrease −1.6% 43,788 Increase 15.8%
2012 5,958,648 Increase 1.2% 67,529 Decrease −2.4% 40,645 Decrease −7.2%
2013 6,193,783 Increase 4.0% 65,392 Decrease −3.2% 44,149.6 Increase 8.6%
2014 6,580,481 Increase 6.24% 65,058 Decrease −0.51% 41,789.34 Decrease −5.35%
846,694 Increase 4.60% 8,666 Decrease −5.44% 6,030.28 Decrease −13.02%

Domestic destinations by passengers traffic (2013)[14]
Position City Passengers
1 Italy Catania 155.558
2 Italy Palermo 117.836
3 Italy Roma Fiumicino 105.763
4 Italy Brindisi 77.571
5 Italy Bari 74.666
6 Italy Lamezia Terme 70.315
7 Italy Cagliari 68.002
8 Italy Trapani 66.850
European destinations by passengers traffic (2013)[14]
Position City Passengers
1 France Paris Charles de Gaulle 333.129
2 Germany Frankfurt am Main 249.428
3 Spain Madrid 235.783
4 United Kingdom London Heathrow 226.353
5 Germany Munich 191.818
6 Netherlands Amsterdam 171.557
7 Spain Barcelona 163.519
8 France Beauvais Tillé 140.251
9 United Kingdom London Stansted 120.523
10 Belgium Brussels Charleroi 107.691

Ground transportation[edit]

By car[edit]


  • A1, (coming from Milan), Exit Bologna Borgo Panigale, take the by-pass.
  • A13, (coming from Padova), Exit Bologna Arcoveggio, take the by-pass.
  • A14, (coming from Ancona), Exit Bologna San Lazzaro, take the by-pass.

By-pass (Tangenziale): Exit No.4 bis.

The airport has 5,100 parking spaces, with different rates for short, or long stay. At the ground floor there are 10 car hire companies: Autovia; Avis; Budget Autonoleggio; Europcar; Goldcar Rental; Hertz; Locauto Rent; Maggiore; Sicily By Car – Autoeuropa e Sixt Rent a Car. Outside the terminal a taxi service is available.[15]

By bus and train[edit]

The Airport is about 6 kilometres (4 mi) from Bologna Centrale railway station, one of the most important railway stations in Italy. When you arrive at the station, you can reach the Airport by Aerobus – BLQ shuttle service (Travel time: about 20 minutes),[16] or by Taxi.

Once completed, the Marconi Express monorail will connect the airport to Bologna Centrale railway station in 7 minutes.[17]

The airport has daily direct bus connection with Ferrara, Florence, Modena, Cervia and Ravenna; and three-times a week with Ascoli Piceno.


External links[edit]

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