Brindisi Airport

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Brindisi Airport

Aeroporto di Brindisi
Aereoporto Brindisi Papola-Casale (BDS) - panoramio.jpg
Airport typePublic
ServesBrindisi, Italy
Focus city forRyanair
Elevation AMSL47 ft / 14 m
Coordinates40°39′27″N 17°56′49″E / 40.65750°N 17.94694°E / 40.65750; 17.94694Coordinates: 40°39′27″N 17°56′49″E / 40.65750°N 17.94694°E / 40.65750; 17.94694
BDS is located in Apulia
Location of the airport in Italy
BDS is located in Italy
BDS (Italy)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 5,892 1,796 Asphalt
13/31 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passenger change 14-15Increase +4.4%
Aircraft movements18,042
Movements change 14-15Increase +4.5%
Statistics from Assaeroporti [1]

Brindisi Airport (IATA: BDS, ICAO: LIBR) (Italian: Aeroporto di Brindisi), also known as Brindisi Papola Casale Airport and Salento Airport, is an airport in Brindisi, in southern Italy, located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the city center.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin (begins 23 May 2020)[2]
Alitalia Milan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Danish Air Transport Seasonal: Catania, Palermo (both begins 27 June 2020)[3]
easyJet Berlin–Tegel, Milan–Malpensa
Seasonal: Bristol, London–Gatwick, Paris–Orly
easyJet SwitzerlandBasel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Eurowings Stuttgart
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hannover, Munich, Vienna
Helvetic Airways Seasonal: Bern, Zürich
Lauda Vienna (begins 31 March 2020)[4]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg (begins 5 April 2020)[5]
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa, Verona
Ryanair Bergamo, Bologna, Charleroi, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Katowice, London–Stansted, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Treviso, Turin, Verona
Seasonal: Beauvais, Memmingen, Stockholm-Skavsta
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
Transavia Seasonal: Rotterdam
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Stuttgart
Ural Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Domodedovo (begins 30 May 2020)[6]
Volotea Verona
Seasonal: Genoa, Venice


This airport was originally established as a military airbase in the 1920s. The first commercial flights serving Rome began in the 1930s with the establishment of the Ala Littoria in 1934. After World War II, Alitalia took over the route and added a flight to Catania. As of 2008 it has officially changed its legal status into civilian airport, still maintaining operational the military facilities attached to it. These are identified with its original name "Military Airport Orazio Pierozzi", named in memory of an Italian airman of the First World War.

The airport is officially named after Antonio Papola, in memory of the Italian aviator died on February 13, 1948 in an air accident who had a special bond with the city. It is also officially known as "Casale" with reference to the contiguous neighborhood in Brindisi with the same name and also as "Salento Airport" with reference to the geographic region where it is located.

The strategic position of the airport in the Mediterranean region, along with its multi-modal connections with the highway and the port a few kilometers away, have made it a base of crucial importance for both national defense and NATO.

UN presence[edit]

For the same strategic reasons, in 1994 the airport was chosen as the main global logistics base by the United Nations to support its peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations around the world, which was since then hosted in Pisa Military Airport "San Giusto". In 2000, also the United Nations humanitarian supply depot moved from Pisa to Brindisi. It has since then been managed by the World Food Programme and officially known as the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD). On behalf of governments, other UN agencies and NGOs, from UNHRD Brindisi humanitarian aid is directed to the most remote and devastated regions around the world.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Associazione Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali
  2. ^ Ó Conghaile, Pól (13 November 2019). "Aer Lingus adds two new Italy flights and record number of transatlantic seats". Irish Independent. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Aeroporti di Puglia, new Brindisi-Vienna connection since April 2020". 26 September 2019.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "TUI Flight Program".

External links[edit]

Media related to Brindisi Airport at Wikimedia Commons