Catania–Fontanarossa Airport

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Catania–Fontanarossa Airport

Aeroporto di Catania-Fontanarossa
Catania Airport-logo.png
Aeroporto di Catania - Catania Airport.JPG
Airport typePublic
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL39 ft / 12 m
Coordinates37°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)
CTA is located in Sicily
Location within Sicily
CTA is located in Italy
CTA (Italy)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,560 7,989 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 2017– 2018Increase 8.9%
Aircraft movements73,494
Movements change 2017–2018Increase 7.8%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (Italian: Aeroporto Internazionale Vincenzo Bellini di Catania-Fontanarossa) (IATA: CTA, ICAO: LICC), also known as Vincenzo Bellini Airport, is an international airport 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 opera composer Vincenzo Bellini, who was born in Catania.

It is the busiest airport in Sicily and the fifth busiest in Italy with 9,933,318 passengers in 2018.[2] Major airlines such as Alitalia, Lufthansa and KLM offer services here and connect numerous European destinations such as Rome, Munich, Amsterdam and Berlin, while low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair offer flights to leisure destinations.

With nearly two million passengers carried in 2016, the Catania/Fontanarossa - Rome/Fiumicino route is Italy's busiest air route, and Europe's fourth busiest.


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 August to 19 November 1943. In addition, the HQ, 51st Troop Carrier Wing used the airport from 29 September 1943 to 29 June 1944. Various transport units used the airport for the rest of the war, afterward it was turned back over to civil authorities.[3]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Ryanair started flying to Catania in 2013, initially announcing only one route to Catania while also starting operations to Comiso Airport, a new airport which opened in 2013 and is located approximately 100 km from Catania, near the city of Ragusa.[4]

To cope with the fast passengers growth two additional terminals were opened in 2018 (Terminal B and C). Terminal C is used exclusively by easyJet.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The airport's apron with the Etna volcano visible in the background
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Italy Milan–Malpensa (ends 25 February 2020)[5]
Air Malta Malta, Vienna
Alitalia Bologna, Milan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg, Turin, Venice, Verona
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Aviolet Seasonal Charter: Belgrade[6]
Belavia Seasonal Charter: Minsk
Blue Air Bucharest, Turin
Seasonal: Bacău
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hannover (begins 31 March 2020)[7]
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal: Hannover (begins 29 June 2020)[8]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Maastricht/Aachen
Danish Air Transport Lampedusa
Seasonal: Brindisi (begins 27 June 2020),[9] Olbia, Pantelleria
easyJet Berlin–Tegel, Bristol, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Venice
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Edinburgh (begins 29 March 2020),[10] Lyon, Nantes, Nice, Toulouse
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss Air Zürich
El Al Tel Aviv
Eurowings Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Flydubai Dubai–International
Helvetic Airways Seasonal: Bern
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
KLM Amsterdam
Lauda Vienna (begins 31 March 2020)[11]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal Charter: Katowice[12]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Neos Seasonal: Bergamo, Milan–Malpensa, Tenerife–South, Verona
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Pobeda Moscow–Vnukovo
Ryanair Athens, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bologna, Brussels, Budapest, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Katowice, Kraków, Madrid, Malta, Marrakech, Marseille, Milan–Malpensa, Perugia, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Seville, Treviso, Trieste, Turin
Seasonal: Cagliari
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
SkyUp Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil
Smartwings Seasonal: Prague
Smartwings Slovakia Seasonal: Bratislava
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva, Zürich
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Transavia France Nantes
Seasonal: Lyon, Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Yekaterinburg
Volotea Ancona, Bari, Genoa, Naples, Pescara, Venice, Verona
Seasonal: Cagliari, Toulouse
Vueling Barcelona, Florence
Seasonal: Valencia
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest, Iași, Katowice, Kraków, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Sofia

Ground transportation[edit]


A new train station, Catania-Aeroporto Fontanarossa, is currently under construction and due to open in June 2020. It will service regional train lines such as the Messina-Syracuse railway, the Catania-Palermo railway, as well as the Catania-Caltagirone railway. Catania-Aeroporto Fontanarossa rail station is part of Catania's suburban railway line. The station is situated between Bicocca and Catania-Acquicella stations.[13] A typical journey to and from Catania Central Station will take less than 10 minutes, and approximately one hour to and from Syracuse or Taormina train stations.[14]


The airport is 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.


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[15] are also available direct from the airport.

See also[edit]

Other airports in Sicily:


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  2. ^ a b Associazione Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Maurer Maurer, ed. (1983). Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  4. ^ "Official Ryanair website - Cheap flights from Ireland - Ryanair". Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  5. ^ - Milano, February 11th 2020 14:30 (Italian, English) 11 February 2020
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  7. ^ Liu, Jim. "Condor S20 European network additions". Routesonline. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim. "Corendon Airlines S20 Network expansion". Routesonline. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
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  11. ^ "New direct flight Catania-Vienna operated by Lauda". 27 September 2019.
  12. ^ "LOT will make charter flights for Katowice from Rainbow Tours".
  13. ^ "Catania Airport Train Station".
  14. ^ "Trenitalia time table".
  15. ^ "Catania Airport Bus Transfers".

External links[edit]

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