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 (2021)
Passenger change 2020-2021Increase 67.6%
Movements change 2020-2021Increase 48.5%
Cargo (tons)7,603
Cargo change 2020-2021Increase 54.6%
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.

According to Assaeroporti, it is the busiest airport in Sicily and the fourth busiest in Italy in 2020.[3] Major airlines such as 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.[citation needed]


The airport's apron with the Etna volcano visible in the background

Early years[edit]

Catania Airport's history dates back to 1924, when it was the region's 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. After the war, 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 it. 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 six 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.[5]

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

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
AeroItalia Seasonal: Forlì
Air Arabia Casablanca
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Malta Malta
Air Serbia Seasonal charter: Belgrade[citation needed]
Albastar Seasonal: Bergamo, Milan–Malpensa, Parma
Animawings Seasonal: Bucharest
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Blue Air Bucharest, Iași (begins 28 March 2023),[6] Turin
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Hannover
DAT Lampedusa
Seasonal: Brindisi, Olbia, Pantelleria
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, Bristol, Geneva, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Nice, Zürich (begins 1 November 2022)[7]
Edelweiss Air Zürich
El Al Tel Aviv
Eurowings Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Electra Airways Seasonal charter: Mostar
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
flydubai Dubai–International
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
Israir Airlines Tel Aviv
ITA Airways Milan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino Seasonal: Birmingham, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Helsinki[citation needed]
KLM Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Katowice[8]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Neos Seasonal: Bergamo, Milan–Malpensa, Verona
Seasonal charter: Sharm el Sheikh
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Ryanair Athens, Bari, Bergamo, Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cagliari, Eindhoven, Genoa, Hahn, Katowice, Kraków, London–Luton, London–Stansted (begins 2 November 2022),[9] Madrid, Malta, Marseille, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Perugia, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Seville, Sofia, Trieste, Turin, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin
Seasonal: Alghero, Charleroi
SkyAlps Seasonal: Bolzano
Smartwings Seasonal: Bratislava, Prague, Warsaw–Chopin
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva, Zürich
Sun d'Or Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Paris–Orly
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Volotea Ancona, Genoa, Naples, Pescara, Venice, Verona
Seasonal: Olbia, Toulouse
Vueling Barcelona, Florence
Wizz Air Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca,Iași, Katowice, Kraków, London–Gatwick, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa, Pisa, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Sofia, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Turin, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Abu Dhabi, Dortmund,Heraklion, Mykonos, Santorini


Annual passenger traffic at CTA airport. See source Wikidata query.

Ground transportation[edit]


A new train station, Catania-Aeroporto Fontanarossa served by 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.[10] 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.[11]


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[12] are also available direct from the airport. The main bus station is opposite the railway station and 10 minutes walk from the city centre.

See also[edit]

Other airports in Sicily:


  1. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page". Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Statistiche - Assaeroporti" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Home Assaeroporti | Associazione Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali". Assaeroporti (in Italian). Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Official Ryanair website - Cheap flights from Ireland - Ryanair". Retrieved 27 December 2018.[not specific enough to verify]
  6. ^ "Blue Air: Vom opera 13 de rute de la Iași în 2022 și 25 de rute în 2023". 13 April 2022.
  7. ^ "EasyJet apre la Catania – Zurigo". 15 June 2022.
  8. ^ "LOT will make charter flights for Katowice from Rainbow Tours".
  9. ^ "Rayanir website".[not specific enough to verify]
  10. ^ "Catania Airport Train Station". 12 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Trenitalia time table".
  12. ^ "Catania Airport Bus Transfers".

External links[edit]

Media related to Catania–Fontanarossa Airport at Wikimedia Commons