Naples International Airport

Coordinates: 40°53′04″N 014°17′27″E / 40.88444°N 14.29083°E / 40.88444; 14.29083 (Naples Airport)
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Naples International Airport

Aeroporto di Napoli-Capodichino "Ugo Niutta"
Airport typePublic
ServesNaples, Italy
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL294 ft / 90 m
Coordinates40°53′04″N 014°17′27″E / 40.88444°N 14.29083°E / 40.88444; 14.29083 (Naples Airport)
NAP is located in Campania
NAP is located in Italy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,641 8,622 Asphalt
Statistics (2022)
Passenger change 21-22Increase 135.5%
Movements change 21-22Increase 85.2%
Cargo (tons)12,222
Cargo change 21-22Increase 6.6%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Naples-Capodichino International Airport (IATA: NAP, ICAO: LIRN) (Italian: Aeroporto Internazionale di Napoli)[3][4] is the international airport serving Naples and the Southern Italian region of Campania. According to 2022 data,[5] the airport is the fourth-busiest airport in Italy and the busiest in Southern Italy. The airport serves as a base for easyJet, Ryanair, Volotea and Wizzair.[6][7] Located 3.2 NM (5.9 km; 3.7 mi) north-northeast[1] of the city in the Naples, the airport is officially named Aeroporto di Napoli-Capodichino Ugo Niutta, after decorated WWI pilot Ugo Niutta. The airport covers 233 hectares (576 acres) of land and contains one runway.[8]


The district of Capodichino – in the area known as "Campo di Marte" – hosted the first flight exhibitions in Naples in 1910. During the First World War, "Campo di Marte" became a military airport in order to defend the town against Austro-Hungarian and German air attacks. [citation needed]

During World War II, it was used as a combat airfield by the United States Army Air Forces and the Royal Air Force extensively during the Italian Campaign. The airfield was first used by RAF No. 324 Wing with its five squadrons of Supermarine Spitfires in 1943. It was then used by the US Twelfth Air Force which stationed the following units at the airport: 79th Fighter Group (January–May 1944, P-40 Warhawk/P-47 Thunderbolt); 47th Bombardment Group (March–April 1944, A-20 Havoc); 33d Fighter Group (April–May 1944, P-40 Warhawk), 332nd FG (15 Apr 44 - 28 Mar 44, P-39 Airacobra). When the combat units moved out, Air Transport Command used the airport as a major transshipment hub for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel for the remainder of the war.[9]

Commercial traffic started in 1950. In 1980, GE.S.A.C. ("Gestione Servizi Aeroporto Capodichino") was established to administer the airport; in 1982, it became "Gestione Servizi Aeroporti Campani" and participated in by the City Council, the province of Naples and Alitalia. In 1995, GE.S.A.C. drew up – with BAA assistance – a new master plan, which marked the beginning of a twenty-year development plan.[citation needed]

In June 2005, Eurofly began seasonal service to New York City using Airbus A330s. This was the airport's first transatlantic flight.[10][11] In 2010, the airline merged with Meridiana to form Meridiana Fly, which maintained the route.[12] The service ceased in 2017 ahead of Meridiana Fly's rebranding as Air Italy.[13] In May 2019, United Airlines launched seasonal flights to Newark aboard a Boeing 767.[14]


The airport is class 4D ICAO and has the classification of military airport opened to commercial air traffic 24 hours/day. The airport management company is fully responsible for managing the airport and coordinating and control activities of all the private operators present in the airport. Capodichino hosts some aeronautical industrial activities like Atitech, Alenia Aeronautica, Aeronavali, Tecnam Costruzioni Aeronautiche.


The airport has one terminal building, Terminal 1 with airside sections A, B and C handling all domestic and international flights. The landside ground level features the check-in and arrivals areas while the upper level features the main departures area A with most shops. The airside ground level contains sections B and C, with the latter being used for non-Schengen departures. As the airport does not feature jet-bridges, buses (or in a few instances walk boarding) are in use. Several areas of the terminal have been refurbished and expanded in recent years.

Apron and runway[edit]

The airport has a single runway (orientation: 06/24 – 2,628 m × 45 m (8,622 ft × 148 ft) – resistance: PCN90/F/B/W/T – assistance: PAPI, ILS) in bituminous conglomerate and concrete, with one taxiway.[15] There is one apron with 29 stands, 9 of which are self-manoeuvring and the remaining are Push Back.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Naples Airport:

Aegean Airlines Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Air Arabia Casablanca
Air Cairo Sharm El Sheikh
Seasonal: Hurghada
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
American Airlines Seasonal: Philadelphia (begins 7 June 2024)[16]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: New York–JFK[17]
easyJet Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, Catania, Geneva, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Marrakech,[18] Milan–Malpensa, Munich, Nice, Palermo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Sharm El Sheikh, Zurich
Seasonal: Bristol, Cagliari, Comiso (begins 24 June 2024),[19] Corfu, Dubrovnik, Gran Canaria, Edinburgh, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Kos, Lampedusa, Malta, Manchester, Marsa Alam, Menorca, Mykonos, Nantes (begins 3 June 2024),[20] Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Preveza (begins 1 June 2024),[20] Pula, Rhodes, Santorini, Sitia (begins 24 June 2024),[21] Skiathos, Split, Tel Aviv, Zakynthos (begins 1 June 2024)[20]
Eurowings Düsseldorf, Stockholm–Arlanda (begins 14 June 2024),[22] Stuttgart
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
flydubai Dubai–International
Iberia Express Madrid
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv[23]
ITA Airways Milan–Linate,[24] Rome–Fiumicino Seasonal: Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo
People's Seasonal: St. Gallen/Altenrhein
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Alghero, Barcelona, Bergamo, Brussels, Bucharest–Otopeni, Budapest, Cagliari, Catania, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gdańsk, Genoa, Kraków, Lisbon, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakech, Milan–Malpensa, Palermo, Paphos, Prague, Seville, Sofia, Tel Aviv, Tenerife–South, Trapani, Trieste, Turin, Valencia, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin,[25] Wrocław, Zagreb
Seasonal: Beauvais,[26] Bordeaux, Chania, Copenhagen, Corfu, Eindhoven, Kaunas, Marseille,[26] Memmingen, Menorca, Mykonos, Nuremberg,[26] Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini, Shannon, Thessaloniki, Toulouse,[26] Zakynthos
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Sky Alps Ancona
Smartwings Seasonal charter: Prague
Sun d'Or Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TAP Air Portugal Seasonal: Lisbon
Transavia Amsterdam, Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Tunisair Express Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark
Volotea Athens[27] Bilbao, Genoa, Nantes, Palermo, Turin, Venice
Seasonal: Aalborg, Cagliari, Heraklion, Karpathos, Kefalonia, Lampedusa, Lourdes, Lyon,[28] Mykonos, Olbia, Pantelleria, Preveza/Lefkada, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos, Split (begins 31 May 2024),[29] Zakynthos
Vueling Barcelona
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Bucharest–Otopeni, Budapest, Katowice, London–Gatwick, Prague, Sofia, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Turin,[30] Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Cluj-Napoca, Corfu, Ibiza, Mykonos, Santorini, Skiathos


Check-in hall
Control tower and hangars
Annual passenger traffic at NAP airport. See Wikidata query.

Annual passenger statistics from 2000 through 2021:[31]

  • 2000: 4,136,508 passengers (+13%)
  • 2001: 4,003,001 passengers (−3.2%)
  • 2002: 4,132,874 passengers (+3.2%)
  • 2003: 4,587,163 passengers (+11%)
  • 2004: 4,632,388 passengers (+1%)
  • 2005: 4,588,695 passengers (−0.9%)
  • 2006: 5,095,969 passengers (+11.1%)
  • 2007: 5,775,838 passengers (+13.3%)
  • 2008: 5,642,267 passengers (−2.3%)
  • 2009: 5,322,161 passengers (−5.7%)
  • 2010: 5,584,114 passengers (+4.9%)
  • 2011: 5,768,873 passengers (+3.3%)
  • 2012: 5,801,836 passengers (+0.6%)
  • 2013: 5,444,422 passengers (−6.2%)
  • 2014: 5,960,035 passengers (+9.5%)
  • 2015: 6,163,188 passengers (+3.4%)
  • 2016: 6,775,988 passengers (+9.9%)
  • 2017: 8,577,507 passengers (+26,6%)
  • 2018: 9,932,029 passengers (+15,8%)
  • 2019: 10,860,068 passengers (+9,3%)
  • 2020: 2,779,946 passengers (-74,4%)
  • 2021: 4,636,501 passengers (+66,8%)
  • 2022: 10,918,234 passengers (+42,5%)

Ground transportation[edit]


Capodichino is easily accessible from all the city thanks to the exit of the so-called "Tangenziale", an urban highway (A56) connecting the city of Naples to metropolitan area and highways to Rome and Caserta (A1), Salerno (A3) and Bari, Benevento and Avellino (A16).[32] Fixed taxi rates are in use for the main destinations within the city limits of Naples from Airport to: Naples Centre, Molo Beverello (Port), Mergellina (Hydrofoils to Capri and Ischia Islands).[33]


Bus line Alibus, operated by ANM, connect the airport to Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza Municipio.[34] Distance airport/centre city is about 7 km (4.3 mi). The airport is also connected to Avellino, Benevento, Caserta, Sorrento, Salerno and Serre.[35]


As of 2021, an extension to the existing Line 1 of Naples Metro is under construction to connect the airport with the current terminus at Naples' central station. After delays, it is expected to be finished by 2026.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On 15 February 1958, a United States Air Force Douglas VC-47A Skytrain, 42-93817, c/n 13771, built as a C-47A-25-DK and upgraded,[36] en route from its home base, Ramstein-Landstuhl Air Base, Germany, to Istanbul, departed Capodichino Airport on a flight to Athens, with 16 servicemen aboard. Following a report 30 minutes after departure when the crew reported en route at 6500 feet and switching to the Rome ATC, nothing further was heard from the flight, which never contacted Rome,[37] nor arrived in Greece. Dense fog over the Ionian Sea and mountainous southern Italy on 17 February greatly impeded search efforts for the missing aircraft. "U.S. authorities did not exclude the possibility the plane might have been forced down in Communist Albania."[38]

On 19 February 1958, the burned and scattered wreckage was found high on the rugged slope of Mount Vesuvius at the 1,200-metre (3,800 ft) level, about 60 m (200 ft) below the top of the cone of the volcano. A search plane first spotted the wreckage following "four days of fruitless ground, sea and air search impeded by fog, rain and snow." Patrols of U.S. servicemen, Italian soldiers and carabinieri reached the crash site four hours after it was found, battling though heavy snow, but reported no survivors amongst the 16 on board. They stated that all had been identified. According to a 1958 Associated Press report, "a surgeon said death apparently was instantaneous." There were 15 Air Force officers and men from Ramstein-Landstuhl Air Base, and one seaman of the USS Tripoli on board. The report stated that "officials declined to venture a theory on the cause of the crash except that the weather was bad and the pilot, Capt. Martin S. Schwartz of Ashland, Kentucky, had not previously flown from Capodichino field."[39]

On 31 March 1959, a United States Navy Douglas R4D-8 crashed after takeoff due to engine failure. Three occupants out of 20 on board were killed as well as one ground worker.[40]

Use by U.S. military forces[edit]

U.S. military forces have been present on this site, primarily US Navy personnel,[41] since 1951. Among two other facilities in Naples, Naval Support Activity Naples is a tenant of several buildings in the Northwestern area of the airport.[42] The United States Navy handles military and civilian aircraft on this airport for logistics.[43] It is home to U.S. Naval Forces Europe and the U.S. Sixth Fleet.

See also[edit]


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External links[edit]

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