Catania–Fontanarossa Airport

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Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
Aeroporto di Catania-Fontanarossa
Aeroporto di Catania - Catania Airport.JPG
IATA: CTAICAO: LICC
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator SAC
Location Catania
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 39 ft / 12 m
Coordinates 37°28′00″N 15°03′50″E / 37.46667°N 15.06389°E / 37.46667; 15.06389 (Catania Vincenzo Bellini Airport)Coordinates: 37°28′00″N 15°03′50″E / 37.46667°N 15.06389°E / 37.46667; 15.06389 (Catania Vincenzo Bellini Airport)
Website aeroporto.catania.it
Map
CTA is located in Sicily
CTA
CTA
Location within Sicily
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,436 7,989 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 7,304,012
Passenger change 2013 – 2014 Increase 14.1%
Aircraft movements 59,926
Movements change 2013–2014 Increase 10.2%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (Italian: aeroporto internazionale Vincenzo Bellini di Catania-Fontanarossa , English: Catania International Airport) (IATA: CTAICAO: LICC) also named as Vincenzo Bellini Airport, is an international[3] airport located 2.3 NM (4.3 km; 2.6 mi) southwest[1] of Catania, the second largest city on the Italian island of Sicily. It is named after the great opera composer Vincenzo Bellini who was born in Catania.

It is the busiest airport in Sicily and the 6th busiest in Italy with 7.304.012 passengers in 2014.[2] Major airlines such as Alitalia, Lufthansa and Air Berlin offer services here and connect numerous European destinations such as Rome, Munich and Berlin, while low cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair offer extensive flights to many leisure destinations.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Catania Airport's history dates back to 1924, when it was the region's very first airport. During World War II it was seized by the Allies during the Sicily Campaign and used by the United States Army Air Forces as a military airfield. Twelfth Air Force used the airport as a combat airfield, stationing the 340th Bombardment Group, which flew B-25 Mitchells from 27 Aug to 19 Nov 1943. In addition, the HQ, 51st Troop Carrier Wing used the airport from 29 Sep 1943 to 29 Jun 1944. Various transport units used the airport for the rest of the war, afterward it was turned back over to civil authorities.[4]

By the late 1940s, it was clear that the airport was fast running out of space and it was deemed necessary to relocate and in 1950, the new bigger and improved Catania Airport opened for business.

After 20 years of unexpected growth and high passengers levels, in 1981 it was once again necessary to restructure the airport to cope with demand.

Development since the 2000s[edit]

In order to cope with the increasing passengers figures, a new terminal, equipped with 22 gates and 6 loading bridges, opened on 8 May 2007 replacing the old facilities. The current "investment programme" has ensured that Catania Fontanarossa Airport continues to look forward and plan for growth over the next ten years, implementing a whole new infrastructure and making many additions, including a panoramic restaurant, a new airside runway and further office space.

Ryanair started to fly to Catania in 2013 but announced only one route to Catania while also starting operations with 3 routes to Comiso Airport, a newly opened in 2013 airport located approximately 100 km from Catania, near the city of Ragusa.[5]

In August 2014, Air One announced the closure of its operations including the shutdown of its Catania base on 30 September 2014.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The airport's apron with the Etna volcano visible in the background
Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Seasonal: Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Air Berlin Berlin–Tegel, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Zürich
Air Malta Malta, Munich
Air Serbia Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Air VIA Seasonal charter: Munich
Air Vallée Brindisi (begins 8 September 2015)[7]
AlbaStar Seasonal charter: Naples, Tenerife–South
Alitalia Milan–Linate, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Alitalia
operated by Darwin Airline
Naples
Alitalia
operated by Mistral Air
Lampedusa
Seasonal: Trieste
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Seasonal charter: Innsbruck
Belavia Seasonal charter: Minsk-National
Blue Air Bucharest, Turin
Seasonal: Bacău
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Bulgaria Air Seasonal charter: Sofia
easyJet London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Bristol,[8] Hamburg
easyJet Switzerland Geneva
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse
Edelweiss Air Zürich
El Al
operated for Sun d'Or
Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Europe Airpost Seasonal charter: Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes
Eurowings Hamburg (begins 25 October 2015)[9]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germania Seasonal charter: Berlin–Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Rostock
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg (ends 24 October 2015),[10] Stuttgart
Seasonal: Hannover
Germanwings
operated by Eurowings
Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Helvetic Airways Seasonal: Bern
HOP! Seasonal charter: Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
Seasonal charter: Valladolid
Iberia
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Madrid
I-Fly Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels
Lufthansa Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Meridiana Milan–Linate, Naples
Seasonal: Olbia
Mistral Air Seasonal charter: Mostar, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sofia, Split, Lourdes/Tarbes, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Neos Seasonal charter: Heraklion
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Seasonal charter: Graz, Salzburg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, London–Gatwick, Madrid, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Pacific Coastal Airlines Seasonal charter: Brussels
Ryanair Bergamo, Bologna, Eindhoven, Madrid, Rome–Fiumicino, Treviso, Turin
Seasonal: Marseille
Scandjet Seasonal charter: Ängelholm-Helsingborg, Kristianstad
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Tallinn, Vilnius
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Prague
Sun d'Or International Airlines
operated by El Al
Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva, Zürich
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal charter: Brussels
Thomson Airways Seasonal charter: Birmingham, London–Gatwick, Manchester
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Ataturk
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo[11]
Volotea Ancona, Bari, Cagliari,[12] Genoa, Venice–Marco Polo, Verona
Vueling Barcelona, Florence, Paris–Orly, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Heraklion, Rhodes, Split
VIM Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Domodedovo
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest
Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin [13]
White Airways Seasonal charter: Paris–Charles de Gaulle
XL Airways France Seasonal: Lille

Ground transportation[edit]

Car[edit]

The airport is conveniently located close to the A19 motorway, which links Catania with Palermo and central Sicily, while the European route E45 runs to Syracuse in the south. Passengers can also take a taxi from the terminal building into the city or beyond, with popular locations including nearby Syracuse, Taormina, and the westerly resorts of Palermo and Marsala.

Bus[edit]

A shuttle bus service provides transport into Catania city centre and the Central Train Station, while scheduled bus services to other parts of the island are also available direct from the airport.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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