Vincenzo Florio Airport – Trapani Birgi

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Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani-Birgi
Aeroporto Vincenzo Florio di Trapani-Birgi
Trapani-Birgi Airport (2).jpg
IATA: TPSICAO: LICT
TPS is located in Sicily
TPS
TPS
Location of the airport in Sicily
Summary
Airport type Military/public
Serves Trapani
Location Trapani, Italy
Elevation AMSL 25 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 37°54′43″N 012°29′36″E / 37.91194°N 12.49333°E / 37.91194; 12.49333
Website www.airgest.it
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13R/31L 2,695 8,841 Bitumen
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 1,878,557
Passenger change 12–13 Increase 19.0%
Aircraft movements 15,838
Movements change 12–13 Increase 17.9%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani-Birgi (IATA: TPSICAO: LICT) (Italian: Aeroporto Vincenzo Florio di Trapani-Birgi), also known simply as Trapani Airport, is an airport serving Trapani, Italy. Located between Trapani and Marsala, it is one of the five civil airports in Sicily, but is also used for military purposes. The airport is a base for the 37th Wing and is one of the four forward operating bases (FOBs) used by the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control stationed out of NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen in Geilenkirchen, Germany. The civil airport is named after Sicilian wine industrialist and automobile enthusiast Vincenzo Florio, while the military airfield is intituled to the Italian aviator Livio Bassi.[3]

The airport is located 8 NM (15 km; 9.2 mi) south[1] of Trapani, and opened in the early 1960s. After a long period of inactivity the airport was relaunched by the Province of Trapani in 2003, and now hosts several flights, mainly low-cost connections.

In 2013, 1,878,557 passengers passed through the airport, making it the third busiest airport in Sicily.

History[edit]

Inaugurated in the 1960s as a small regional airport operating very few flights, Trapani-Birgi became even less important in the 1990s, during which only a flight to Pantelleria was operated. The airport was relaunched in 2003 by the Province of Trapani and grew up in size after Ryanair started to use it as its main hub to Sicily, bringing several new international flights to and from Trapani. The airport has consequently been recognised as instrumental for the tourism-related economy of Western Sicily.

The airport gained international attention during Operation Unified Protector in 2011 when NATO aircraft were based there during military intervention in the Libyan civil war.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino[4]
Alitalia
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Seasonal: Milan-Linate
Alitalia
operated by Mistral Air
Pantelleria (begins 1 July 2014)
Etihad Regional
operated by Darwin Airline
Pantelleria (ends 30 June 2014)
Ryanair Beauvais, Bergamo, Bologna, Charleroi, Cagliari, Genoa, Girona, Hahn, Malta, Parma, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Trieste, Turin, Treviso
Seasonal: Ancona, Cuneo, Eindhoven, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Kaunas, Kraków, Maastricht/Aachen, Manchester, Memmingen, Perugia, Warsaw-Modlin

Statistics[edit]

This table does not include passengers in transit.

Year National
passengers
International
passengers
Total
passengers
Var %
prev. year
2012[5] 1,110,532 465,937 1,578,753 Increase7.36
2011 918,027 550,769 1,470,508 Decrease12.6
2010 1,024,755 656,573 1,682,991 Increase57.4
2009 757,555 301,308 1,069,528 Increase100.5
2008 342,025 186,774 533,310 Increase5.2
2007 432,943 72,946 507,185 Increase62.3
2006 305,895 4,802 312,459 Decrease19.8
2005 385,612 2,194 389,735 Decrease5.2
2004 382,867 19,071 410,898 Increase66.7
2003 224,663 2,281 246,474 Increase393.6
2002 39,175 3,494 49,932 Decrease20.0
2001 44,702 5,732 62,430 Increase82.3
2000 n.d. n.d. 34,321 Steady

Data from Assaeroporti.[6]

Transport[edit]

City Bus Company
Agrigento Salvatore Lumia
Borizzo Airfield Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)[7]
Castelvetrano Salvatore Lumia
Marsala Autoservizi Salemi, Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)
Mazara del Vallo Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)
Menfi Salvatore Lumia
Montallegro Salvatore Lumia
Paceco Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)
Palermo Autoservizi Salemi, Terravision
Porto Empedocle Salvatore Lumia
Realmonte Salvatore Lumia
Ribera Salvatore Lumia
Sciacca Salvatore Lumia
Siculiana Salvatore Lumia
Trapani Azienda Siciliana Trasporti(it)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Trapani-Birgi Airport at Wikimedia Commons