Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport

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Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport
Aeroporto di Bari-Karol Wojtyła
Flughafen Bari.JPG
Airport type Public-Civil-Military
Operator Aeroporti di Puglia
Serves Bari, Italy
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 177 ft / 53 m
Coordinates 41°08′19.88″N 16°45′38.14″E / 41.1388556°N 16.7605944°E / 41.1388556; 16.7605944Coordinates: 41°08′19.88″N 16°45′38.14″E / 41.1388556°N 16.7605944°E / 41.1388556; 16.7605944
Website Aeroporto di BARI
BRI is located in Italy
Location of the airport in Italy
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 9,842 2,999 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 4,673,652
Passenger change 2016–2017 Increase +8,40
Statistics from[1]

Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Bari-Karol Wojtyła) (IATA: BRI, ICAO: LIBD) is an airport serving the city of Bari in Italy. It is approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) northwest from the town centre. The airport is also known as Palese Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Palese) after a nearby neighbourhood. The airport handled 3,958,815 passengers in 2015.[citation needed]


Early years[edit]

The airport of Bari was originally a military airfield, built in the 1930s by the Regia Aeronautica. During the World War II Italian Campaign it was seized by the British Eighth Army in late September 1943 and turned into an Allied military airfield. Until the end of the war in May 1945, it was used by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces both as an operational airfield as well as a command and control base. In addition the airfield was used by the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force (Aviazione Cobelligerante Italiana, or ACI), or Air Force of the South (Aeronautica del Sud). After the war it was turned over to the postwar Air Force of the Italian Republic (Aeronautica Militare Italiana).

In the 1960s it was opened to civil flights and Alitalia schedules regular flights to Rome, Catania, Palermo, Ancona, Venice. The routes were later taken over by ATI, using a Fokker F27 airplane. When ATI put into operation the new DC-9-30 it became necessary to create a new runway, while the military complex was still used as passenger terminal.

In 1981 a new building was completed, originally intended to be used as a cargo terminal, but it became in fact the airport's new passenger terminal.

Development since the 1990s[edit]

In 1990, with the Football World Cup, the runway was extended and the terminal was upgraded, going through a further renovation in 2000. However, the traffic increase showed the infrastructural limitations of the airport and in 2002 the founding stone of the new passenger terminal was laid out. At the same time, flight infrastructures (aircraft parking areas, runway etc.) were upgraded. In 2005, the new terminal was completed and opened to passengers.[citation needed]

In 2005, construction works for a new control tower began and they were completed the following year. In 2006 a further extension of the runway was begun, and in 2007 the planning of an extension of the passenger terminals was commissioned. They were upgraded in 2005–2006 with the opening of a new passenger terminal equipped with 4 jet bridges and a multistorey car park.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air Cairo Sharm El Sheikh
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Seasonal charter: Rhodes
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air France Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle[2]
Albawings Tirana
Alitalia Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Blue Air Turin
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt
easyJet London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Venice-Marco Polo
Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Lufthansa Frankfurt[3]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Mistral Air Florence,[4] Mostar,[4]
Seasonal: Cephalonia, Corfu, Cuneo, Pau, Rhodes, Sharm El Sheikh, Tel Aviv,[4] Tivat, Zakynthos
Seasonal charter: Brač, Zadar[5]
Ryanair Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bologna, Cagliari, Charleroi, Dublin, Genoa, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Madrid,[6] Malta, Nuremberg,[7] Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Seville,[8] Treviso, Trieste, Turin, Weeze
Seasonal: Maastricht/Aachen, Valencia
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo[9]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Zürich
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Volotea Catania, Palermo, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Seasonal: Athens, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Preveza, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos, Zakynthos[10]
Vueling Barcelona
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, London–Luton, Prague, Riga, Sofia, Timişoara, Vienna,[11] Vilnius
Seasonal: Katowice, Warsaw-Chopin, Wrocław (ends 27 October 2018)

Ground transportation[edit]

Departure area


The airport can be reached by the ring road of Bari and from the A14 motorway.


The Bari metropolitan railway service connects the Airport with the Bari Centrale railway station in the city centre.


AMTAB buses provide public transportation to the airport from the city centre (Line 16). Pugliairbus is a seasonal bus transportation service which operates interconnection service with Brindisi and Foggia airports. Pugliairbus also reaches turistic locations.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Databases". anna aero. 
  2. ^ Jim Liu (5 February 2018). "Air France expands seasonal routes from Paris CDG in 3Q18". Routes Online. 
  3. ^ Jim Liu (20 July 2017). "Lufthansa updates planned new European routes in W17". Routes Online. 
  4. ^ a b c Jim Liu (19 April 2017). "Mistral Air S17 new routes addition". Routes Online. 
  5. ^ Paul Bradbury (4 August 2016). "Peak Season Direct Flights for Brac and Zadar from Italy". Total Croatia News. 
  6. ^ Jim Liu (5 March 2017). "Ryanair W17 new routes as of 05MAR17". Routes Online. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Jim Liu (5 October 2016). "Ryanair expands Nuremberg network in S17". Routes Online. 
  8. ^ Jim Liu (5 March 2017). "Ryanair W17 new routes as of 05MAR17". Routes Online. 
  9. ^ "Russia, Moscow, Domodedovo (DME) <-> Italy, Bari, Palese Macchie (BRI)". S7 Airlines. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "Volotea". Volotea. 
  11. ^ "Wizz Air Announces Austrian Base in Vienna with 3 Based Aircraft and 17 New Low-Fare Routes". Archived from the original on 2018-01-09. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  12. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. 

External links[edit]

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