Catania–Fontanarossa Airport

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Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
Aeroporto di Catania-Fontanarossa
Fontanarossa.jpg
IATA: CTAICAO: LICC
CTA is located in Sicily
CTA
CTA
Location of airport in Sicily
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator SAC
Location Catania
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 39 ft / 12 m
Coordinates 37°28′00″N 15°03′50″E / 37.46667°N 15.06389°E / 37.46667; 15.06389 (Catania Vincenzo Bellini Airport)Coordinates: 37°28′00″N 15°03′50″E / 37.46667°N 15.06389°E / 37.46667; 15.06389 (Catania Vincenzo Bellini Airport)
Website aeroporto.catania.it
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,436 7,989 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 6,400,127
Passenger change 13-August 14 Increase +15,4%
Aircraft movements 54,406
Movements change 12–13 Decrease -0.6%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Catania-Fontanarossa Vincenzo Bellini, English: Catania International Airport) (IATA: CTAICAO: LICC) also named as Vincenzo Bellini Airport, is an international[3] airport located 2.3 NM (4.3 km; 2.6 mi) southwest[1] of Catania, the second largest city on the Italian island of Sicily. It is named after the great opera composer Vincenzo Bellini who was born in Catania.

It is the busiest airport in Sicily and the 6th busiest in Italy with 6.400.127 passengers in 2013.[2] Major airlines such as Alitalia, Lufthansa and Air Berlin offer services here and connect numerous European destinations such as Rome, Munich and Berlin, while low cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair offer extensive flights to many leisure destinations.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Catania Airport's history dates back to 1924, when it was the region's very first airport. During World War II it was seized by the Allies during the Sicilian Campaign and used by the United States Army Air Forces as a military airfield. Twelfth Air Force used the airport as a combat airfield, stationing the 340th Bombardment Group, which flew B-25 Mitchells from 27 Aug to 19 Nov 1943. In addition, the HQ, 51st Troop Carrier Wing used the airport from 29 Sep 1943 to 29 Jun 1944. Various transport units used the airport for the rest of the war, afterward it was turned back over to civil authorities.[4]

By the late 1940s, it was clear that the airport was fast running out of space and it was deemed necessary to relocate and in 1950, the new bigger and improved Catania Airport opened for business.

After 20 years of unexpected growth and high passengers levels, in 1981 it was once again necessary to restructure the airport to cope with demand.

Development since the 2000s[edit]

In order to cope with the increasing passengers figures, a new terminal, equipped with 22 gates and 6 loading bridges, opened on 8 May 2007 replacing the old facilities.

Ryanair started to fly to Catania in 2013 but announced only one route to Catania while also starting operations with 3 routes to Comiso Airport, a newly opened in 2013 Airport only a few km to the south of Catania.[5]

The current "investment programme" has ensured that Catania Fontanarossa Airport continues to look forward and plan for growth over the next ten years, implementing a whole new infrastructure and making many additions, including a panoramic restaurant, a new airside runway and further office space.

In August 2014, Air One announced the closure of its operations including the shutdown of its Catania base on 30 September 2014.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Seasonal: Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Zurich
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse
Air Malta Malta, Munich
Alitalia Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Turin, Verona
Alitalia
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Naples
Alitalia
operated by Mistral Air
Lampedusa
Seasonal: Trieste
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal: Vienna
Blue Air Bucharest , Turin
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
easyJet London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Hamburg
easyJet Switzerland Geneva
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germanwings Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Hannover
Germanwings
operated by Eurowings
Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Helvetic Airways Seasonal: Bern
Iberia
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Madrid
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels
Lufthansa Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Meridiana Milan-Linate, Naples
Seasonal: Olbia
Mistral Air Seasonal: Sofia
Niki Seasonal: Vienna (begins 30 March 2015)
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Ryanair Bergamo, Bologna, Eindhoven, Madrid, Marseille, Rome-Fiumicino, Treviso, Turin
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Prague
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Seasonal: Geneva
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia.com France Seasonal: Paris-Orly
Trawel Fly
operated by Mistral Air
Seasonal: Bergamo
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Ataturk
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo[7]
Volotea Ancona, Bari, Genoa, Venice-Marco Polo
Vueling Barcelona, Florence, Paris-Orly, Rome-Fiumicino
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest
XL Airways France Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Charter[edit]

Check-in area
Airlines Destinations
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
Air VIA Seasonal: Munich
Alitalia Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
AlbaStar Seasonal: Naples, Tenerife-South
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal: Bolzano, Innsbruck
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Sofia
Belavia Seasonal: Minsk
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Geneva
Elysian Airlines Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Vienna
Europe Airpost Seasonal: Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germania Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Rostock
HOP! Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle
I-Fly Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo
Iberia Seasonal: Valladolid
Midwest Airlines Seasonal: Tallinn
Mistral Air Sharm el-Sheikh, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Lourdes/Tarbes
Neos Seasonal: Heraklion
Niki Seasonal: Graz, Salzburg, Vienna
Pacific Coastal Airlines Seasonal: Brussels-Zavenntem
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal: Tallinn, Vilnius
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal Brussels
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester
Travel Service Polska Seasonal Warsaw-Chopin
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
VIM Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo
White Airways Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is conveniently located close to the A19 motorway, which links Catania with Palermo and central Sicily, while the European route E45 runs to Syracuse in the south. A shuttle bus service provides transport into Catania city centre and the Central Train Station, while scheduled bus services to other parts of the island are also available direct from the airport. Passengers requiring a more comfortable ride can take a taxi from the terminal building into the city or beyond, with popular locations including nearby Syracuse, Taormina, and the westerly resorts of Palermo and Marsala.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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