Falcone–Borsellino Airport

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Falcone–Borsellino Airport
Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino
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IATA: PMOICAO: LICJ
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Palermo, Sicily, 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
Map
PMO is located in Sicily
PMO
PMO
Location within Sicily
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,326 10,912 Bitumen
02/20 2,068 6,784 Bitumen
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 4,349,672
Passenger change 12-13 Decrease -5.6%
Aircraft movements 40,244
Movements change 12-13 Decrease -6.3%
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 4.349.672 passengers handled in 2013.

The company[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 the main outside entrance 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.

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 May 24, 2007 GESAP has obtained the renewal of the airport certificate until May 30, 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 March 1, 2005 that was officialised in a convention signed on November 17, 2006.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A TrawelFly Boeing 737 during push-back
Airlines Destinations
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air One London-Gatwick, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin-Tegel, Moscow-Sheremetyevo,[3] Munich (begins 13 June 2014), Paris-Charles de Gaulle, St Petersburg (begins 25 April 2014)[3]
Alitalia Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino
Alitalia
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Naples
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal: Vienna
Blu-express
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Rome-Fiumicino
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
easyJet London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Paris-Orly, Lyon, Nice (begins 6 July 2014)
Etihad Regional
operated by Avanti Air
Lampedusa, Pantelleria
Etihad Regional
operated by Danish Air Transport
Pantelleria (ends 30 April 2014)
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Seasonal: Frankfurt
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Meridiana Seasonal: New York-JFK
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda
Ryanair Bergamo, Bologna, London-Stansted, Marseille, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Treviso, Weeze
Seasonal: Dublin, Madrid, Seville
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Zurich (begins 2 July 2014)
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal Charter: Brussels
Transavia.com Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia.com France Seasonal: Paris-Orly
Trawel Fly Seasonal: Bergamo
Tunisair
operated by TunisAir Express
Tunis
Volotea Bari (begins 1 May 2014), Florence, Genoa, Nantes, Naples, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Seasonal: Ancona, Bordeaux, Ibiza, Mykonos (begins 23 June 2014), Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Santorini, Strasbourg (begins 18 April 2014), Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins 25 June 2014)
Vueling Barcelona, Florence, Rome-Fiumicino (begins 10 June 2014)[4]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 24 September 2010, Wind Jet Flight 243, operated by Airbus A319-132 EI-EDM,[5] 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.[6] Around 20 passengers were injured in the evacuation.[5]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b EAD Basic
  2. ^ Associazione Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali
  3. ^ a b L, J (20 February 2014). "AirOne S14 Planned New Routes as of 20FEB14". Airline Route. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Vueling open 24 new routes from Rome
  5. ^ a b "EI-EDM Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Hradecky, Simon (24 September 2010). "Accident: Windjet A319 at Palermo on Sep 24th 2010, touched down short of runway". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Palermo International Airport at Wikimedia Commons