Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport

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Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport

Aeroporto di Bari-Karol Wojtyła
Bari Airport seen from sea closeup.jpg
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; 16.7605944
BRI is located in Apulia
Location of the airport in Italy
BRI is located in Italy
BRI (Italy)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 9,842 3,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passenger change 2019-2020Decrease -69.3%
Movements change 2019-2020Decrease -53.1%
Cargo (tons)2,514
Cargo change 2019-2020Increase +10.6%
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. 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]


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 1990 FIFA 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: Due to the cancellation of flights following the COVID-19 pandemic, this list is no longer current and destinations are subject to change without prior notice.

Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Rhodes
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Paris–Orly[2]
Albawings Tirana
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Blue Air Bucharest,[3] Turin
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Brussels AirlinesSeasonal: Brussels[4]
easyJet London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa
Seasonal: Nantes
EGO Airways Parma
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
ITA Airways Milan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino[5]
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Ryanair Alghero, Alicante, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin, Bologna, Bordeaux, Budapest, Cagliari, Catania, Comiso (begins 1 November 2021),[6] Cuneo, Genoa, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Kraków, Lisbon (begins 31 October 2021), London–Stansted, Lviv (begins 31 October 2021),[7] Madrid, Malta, Milan–Malpensa, Palermo, Pisa, Porto (begins 31 October 2021),[8] Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Seville, Sofia, Tel Aviv (begins 31 October 2021),[9] Trieste, Turin, Valencia, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze
Seasonal: Chania, Dublin, Ibiza, Kos, Maastricht, Marseille, Münster/Osnabrück, Paphos, Santorini, Zadar,[10] Zakynthos
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Zürich
Transavia Amsterdam, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Lyon, 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 (begins 1 June 2022), Zakynthos
Vueling Barcelona, Paris–Orly (begins 2 November 2021)[11]
Wizz Air Basel/Mulhouse (begins 1 November 2021), Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Iași, Kraków, Milan–Linate, Milan–Malpensa, Prague, Sofia, Tel Aviv, Timișoara, Tirana, Treviso, Turin, Verona, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Abu Dhabi (begins 2 November 2021),[12] Corfu, Dortmund, London–Luton (begins 16 June 2022),[13] Mykonos, Wrocław


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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 touristic locations.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ "Brussels Airlines launches its holiday offer for summer 2021". 26 December 2020.
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  10. ^ "Ryanair opens a new Zadar base for summer '21". Zadar Airport. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Vueling to use former Air France slots to launch 32 Paris Orly routes". 1 October 2021.
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  14. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network.

External links[edit]

Media related to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport at Wikimedia Commons