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 Tomorrow
Total Surface (m2) 31,100 36,100
Shopping Area (m2) 3,700 5,500
Number of Gates 20 24
Number of Security Checkpoints 7 10
Number of Toilet facilities 120 145


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 Dolomiti Munich[4]
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Moldova Chișinău
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino, Tirana
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Arkia Israel Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins 16 June 2015)[5]
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Blue Air Bacău, Bucharest
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal charter: Mombasa
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal: Mykonos,[6] Santorini,[6] Zakynthos
British Airways London-Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Croatia Airlines Zagreb
Czech Airlines Prague (begins 29 March 2015)[7]
easyJet Hamburg (begins 29 March 2015),[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
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Meridiana Cagliari, Naples, Olbia
Seasonal: Heraklion, Lampedusa, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Santorini, Sharm el-Sheik
Mistral Air Charter: Mostar
Neos Boa Vista, Cancùn, Fuerteventura, Sal, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Ibiza, Kos, Menorca, Mykonos, Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Dubai-World Central, Lampedusa, Marsa Alam, Mersa Matruh, Mombasa, Monastir
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Djerba, Monastir
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Alghero, Barcelona, Bari, Beauvais, Brindisi, 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
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
Wamos Air Seasonal charter: Madrid
Wizz Air Bucharest, 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%

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.[14]

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),[15] or by Taxi.

Once completed, the Marconi Express monorail will connect the airport to Bologna Centrale railway station in 7 minutes.[16]

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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