Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport

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Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport

Aeroporto di Bari-Karol Wojtyła
Flughafen Bari.JPG
Summary
Airport typePublic-Civil-Military
OperatorAeroporti di Puglia
ServesBari, Italy
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL187 ft / 57 m
Coordinates41°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
WebsiteAeroporto di BARI
Map
BRI is located in Apulia
BRI
BRI
Location of the airport in Italy
BRI is located in Italy
BRI
BRI
BRI (Italy)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 11,522 3,512 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers5.531.580
Passenger change Increase +12,40
Statistics from anna.aero[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. Named after Pope John Paul II, who was born Karol Wojtyła, 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]

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The airport of Bari was originally a military airfield, built in the 1930s, by the Regia Aeronautica. During 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]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled, seasonal and charter flights to and from Bari:

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Air Cairo Sharm El Sheikh
Air Dolomiti Florence, Munich
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Albawings Tirana
Alitalia Milan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino
AlMasria Universal Airlines Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[2]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Blue Air Bucharest (begins 30 March 2021),[3] Turin
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick
easyJet London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa, Venice
Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel, Nantes
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Pobeda Seasonal: Moscow–Vnukovo
Ryanair Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Bologna, Budapest, Cagliari, Charleroi, Cuneo, Dublin, Genoa, Hahn, Kraków, London–Stansted, Lviv (begins 28 March 2021),[4] Madrid, Malta, Milan–Malpensa, Pisa, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Seville, Treviso, Turin, Valencia, Vienna [5]
Seasonal: Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Liverpool, Maastricht/Aachen, Trieste, Weeze
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Zürich
Transavia Amsterdam
Transavia France Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Nantes
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Volotea Catania, Palermo, Venice, Verona
Seasonal: Athens, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Kos, Lyon, Marseille, Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Preveza/Lefkada, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos, Split, Zakynthos
Vueling Barcelona
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Dortmund,[6] Gdańsk, Iași ,[7] Kraków, Milan-Malpensa (begins 8 October 2020), Prague, Riga, Sofia, Timișoara, Tirana, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Wrocław

Ground transportation[edit]

Departure area

Road[edit]

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

Rail[edit]

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

Bus[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Databases". anna aero.
  2. ^ "New flights from Italy to Sharm El Sheikh". 8 February 2018.
  3. ^ https://boardingpass.ro/rute-noi-bucuresti-atena-bari-munchen-praga-si-viena-cu-blue-air-din-2021/?utm_medium=onesignal&utm_source=notif&utm_campaign=push
  4. ^ https://corporate.ryanair.com/news/ryanair-launches-new-ukraine-to-italy-routes-for-winter-2020-summer-2021/?market=ua
  5. ^ Liu, Jim. "Ryanair / Laudamotion S20 network consolidation as of 18JUN20". Routesonline. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  6. ^ https://airlinergs.com/wizz-air-announces-a-new-base-in-dortmund/
  7. ^ https://www.teleborsa.it/News/2019/10/03/aeroporti-di-puglia-wizz-air-annuncia-nuova-rotta-bari-iasi-117.html#.XZb3wWAzbIV
  8. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network.

External links[edit]

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