Riviera Airport

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Riviera Airport
Aeroporto di Villanova Albenga
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Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Aeroporto di Villanova d´Albenga / Riviera Airport
Serves Albenga, Italy
Elevation AMSL 148 ft / 45 m
Coordinates 44°02′45″N 008°07′32″E / 44.04583°N 8.12556°E / 44.04583; 8.12556 (Albenga Airport)
Website www.riviera-airport.it/home/
Map
LIMG is located in Italy
LIMG
LIMG
Location of airport in Italy
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,429 4,688 Asphalt

Riviera Airport (IATA: ALLICAO: LIMG), also known as Albenga Airport (Aeroporto di Villanova d´Albenga), is in northwest Italy, in the region of Liguria. It is on the Italian Riviera between Savona and Imperia, approximately seven kilometres west of the town of Albenga, in the community of Villanova d’Albenga.

Operations[edit]

Riviera Airport is mainly used for general aviation in the Northern Mediterranean, with international travel and transport facilitated by the presence of Italian Customs. The airport is also used by the Italian aeroplane manufacturer Piaggio Aerospace. The runway, measuring ca. 1,500 metres in length, can be used by aircraft up to 60 tonnes of maximum take-off weight.[1] Riviera Airport is well connected to all financial and tourist centres on the Italian and French Riviera by means of highway A10 and the Via Aurelia (SS1). While Monte-Carlo is less than an hour's travel by car, a helicopter company based at the airport can connect passengers from the runway directly to the Principality of Monaco in less than 20 minutes.[2] Due to its Mediterranean surroundings and tourist attractions, the Aeroporto Villanova d´Albenga has always been known in its home region as Riviera Airport.[3]

History[edit]

In 1922 an airfield with a 900 metre grass runway was opened in Villanova d'Albenga. Seven years later, in 1929, aircraft manufacturer Piaggio established a factory on the site. In 1937 the grass runway became the first tarmac runway in Italy, and in the following years hangars were also added. After being used by the military during World War II, all damage was repaired, and in 1946 scheduled flights to Rome began. Riviera Airport was the main airport for the region up until 1962 when the airport in Genoa opened. In 1968 all scheduled and charter flights were transferred from Riviera Airport to the airport of Genoa. Piaggio also moved the production to Genoa. For the next thirty years, Riviera Airport was used mainly for general aviation. In the summer of 1997 commercial flights to Corsica, Sardinia and Rome were offered, however this met with little economic success. In 2014 Piaggio Aerospace returned its operations from Genoa back to Riviera Airport and in 2015 the local communities decided to sell and privatize the airport.[4] The new owner plans to modernize the airport and offer exclusive services for private and business jets operating in the region.

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