Falcone–Borsellino Airport

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Falcone–Borsellino Airport
Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Palermo, Italy
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 65 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 38°10′55″N 013°05′58″E / 38.18194°N 13.09944°E / 38.18194; 13.09944Coordinates: 38°10′55″N 013°05′58″E / 38.18194°N 13.09944°E / 38.18194; 13.09944
Website gesap.it
PMO is located in Sicily
Location within Sicily
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,326 10,912 Bitumen
02/20 2,068 6,784 Bitumen
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 4,569,550
Passenger change 13–14 Increase 5.1%
Aircraft movements 41,321
Movements change 13–14 Increase 2.7%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Falcone–Borsellino Airport (IATA: PMOICAO: LICJ) (Italian: Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino) or simply Palermo Airport, formerly Punta Raisi Airport is located at Punta Raisi, 19 NM (35 km; 22 mi) west northwest[1] of Palermo, the capital city of the Italian island of Sicily. The airport is one of the busiest in Italy, with 4.569.550 passengers handled in 2014.


Early years[edit]

GESAP S.p.a. is the airport management company of "Falcone e Borsellino" Airport in Palermo. It has a fully paid-up share capital of €15,912,332 divided between the Regional Province of Palermo, the Comune of Palermo, the Chamber of Commerce, the Comune of Cinisi and other minor partners.

Established in 1985, until 1994 GESAP operated exclusively as handler and supplier of ground services for Palermo airport, the management of which is directly assigned by the government and overseen by the District Airport Directorate.

The airport was given the name Falcone–Borsellino in memory of the two leading anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino who were murdered by the mafia in 1992. A 1.90-metre (6 ft 3 in) diameter plaque featuring their portraits can be found to the right of one of the main outside entrances to the departure hall, set into a mosaic of Sicily. Created by the sicilian sculptor Tommaso Geraci, it bears the inscription Giovanni Falcone–Paolo Borsellino–Gli Altri–L'orgoglio della Nuova Sicilia (Giovanni Falcone–Paolo Borsellino–The Others–The Pride of the New Sicily).

In 1994, GESAP was charged with the partial management of the airport through a convention which granted the company a 20-year mandate to run land-side activities (the airport buildings and surrounding areas).

In April 1999, GESAP obtained an anticipated mandate to manage the airport's air side activities, and, more specifically, the flight infrastructure (runways, links, taxiways and aprons) as foreseen by art. 17 L. 135/97.

As airport management company, GESAP plans, creates and manages the airport's areas, infrastructures and systems, ensuring the necessary maintenance and implementation of the same. It also provides centralised services such as airport coordination, public information systems, security controls and surveillance as well as managing commercial outlets through concessions to third parties.

Development since the 2000s[edit]

In April 2004, GESAP was awarded UNI ISO 9001/2000 (Vision 2000) certification. The company had already received certification for its services and processes in the handling sector and this too was renewed by the certification body, TÜV, in December 2006.

On 30 May 2004, ENAC awarded GESAP an "airport certificate" in recognition of the airport's full conformity with the regulations set down in ENAC's "regulations for the construction and management of airports". On 24 May 2007 GESAP has obtained the renewal of the airport certificate until 30 May 2010.

Today, after having recently transferred its handling sector to a controlled company, GH Palermo, GESAP is awaiting a ministerial decree that will grant it a forty-year concession for the total management of the airport. This comes after the deliberation of ENAC's board of directors on 1 March 2005 that was officialised in a convention signed on 17 November 2006.

In August 2014, Air One announced the closure of their operations which included the shutdown of their Palermo base on 30 September 2014.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Mediterranée Seasonal: Lyon (begins 17 April 2015), Marseille (begins 24 April 2015), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (begins 17 April 2015), Toulouse (begins 17 April 2014)
Alitalia Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo (begins 1 May 2015)
operated by Darwin Airline
operated by Mistral Air
Lampedusa, Pantelleria
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
easyJet London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa
Seasonal: Amsterdam (begins 29 June 2015),[4] Lyon, Paris-Orly
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Geneva (begins 4 June 2015)[5]
Germanwings Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel (begins 11 April 2015), Cologne/Bonn
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid (begins 23 June 2015)
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Air Dolomiti
Seasonal: Munich
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Medavia Seasonal: Malta[6]
Meridiana Seasonal: New York-JFK
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda
Ryanair Beauvais (begins 2 April 2015),[7] Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld (begins 3 April 2015),[7] Bologna, London-Stansted, Marseille, Memmingen (begins 1 April 2015),[7] Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Treviso, Turin (begins 1 April 2015),[7] Verona (begins 1 April 2015),[7] Weeze
Seasonal: Dublin, Madrid, Seville
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Zürich
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal: Geneva
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal charter: Brussels
Transavia.com France Seasonal: Paris-Orly
Trawel Fly
operated by Mistral Air
Seasonal: Bergamo
operated by TunisAir Express
Volotea Bari, Genoa, Naples, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Seasonal: Athens (begins 26 June 2015), Bordeaux, Ibiza, Mykonos, Nantes, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Santorini, Strasbourg, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Toulouse (begins 10 April 2015)
Vueling Barcelona, Florence, Paris-Orly, Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Split (begins 12 July 2015)

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 6 August 2005, Tuninter Flight 1153, an ATR 72–500 ran out of fuel while en-route and ditched about 18 miles from the city of Palermo. 16 of the 39 people on board died.
  • On 24 September 2010, Wind Jet Flight 243, operated by Airbus A319-132 EI-EDM,[8] landed short of the runway after encountering a thunderstorm and windshear on approach. The aircraft was substantially damaged when it impacted the localiser. Both main undercarriage sets collapsed and the aircraft was evacuated by the emergency slides.[9] Around 20 passengers were injured in the evacuation.[8]

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport's rail facility, Punta Raisi railway station, is the northwestern terminus of Palermo metropolitan railway service. It links the airport with Palermo Centrale railway station. A typical timetable on work days is a train every 30 minutes in each direction between early morning and around 10 pm.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Palermo International Airport at Wikimedia Commons