Falcone–Borsellino Airport

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Falcone–Borsellino Airport
Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino
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Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Palermo, Italy
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 65 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 38°10′55″N 013°05′58″E / 38.18194°N 13.09944°E / 38.18194; 13.09944Coordinates: 38°10′55″N 013°05′58″E / 38.18194°N 13.09944°E / 38.18194; 13.09944
Website gesap.it
Map
PMO is located in Sicily
PMO
PMO
Location within Sicily
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,326 10,912 Bitumen
02/20 2,068 6,784 Bitumen
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 5,325,559
Passenger change 15–16 Increase +8.4%
Aircraft movements 44,122
Movements change 15–16 Increase +4.0%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Falcone–Borsellino Airport (IATA: PMOICAO: LICJ) (Italian: Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino) or simply Palermo Airport, formerly Punta Raisi Airport is located at Punta Raisi, 19 NM (35 km; 22 mi) west northwest[1] of Palermo, the capital city of the Italian island of Sicily. It is the second airport of Sicily in terms of passengers after Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, with 5,325,559 passengers handled in 2016.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

GESAP S.p.a. is the airport management company of "Falcone e Borsellino" Airport in Palermo. It has a fully paid-up share capital of €15,912,332 divided between the Regional Province of Palermo, the Comune of Palermo, the Chamber of Commerce, the Comune of Cinisi and other minor partners.

Established in 1985, until 1994 GESAP operated exclusively as handler and supplier of ground services for Palermo Airport, the management of which is directly assigned by the government and overseen by the District Airport Directorate.

The airport was given the name Falcone–Borsellino in memory of the two leading anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino who were murdered by the Sicilian Mafia in 1992. A 1.90-metre (6 ft 3 in) diameter plaque featuring their portraits can be found to the right of one of the main outside entrances to the departure hall, set into a mosaic of Sicily. Created by the Sicilian sculptor Tommaso Geraci, it bears the inscription Giovanni Falcone–Paolo Borsellino–Gli Altri–L'orgoglio della Nuova Sicilia (Giovanni Falcone–Paolo Borsellino–The Others–The Pride of the New Sicily).

In 1994, GESAP was charged with the partial management of the airport through a convention which granted the company a 20-year mandate to run land-side activities (the airport buildings and surrounding areas).

In April 1999, GESAP obtained an anticipated mandate to manage the airport's air side activities, and, more specifically, the flight infrastructure (runways, links, taxiways and aprons) as foreseen by art. 17 L. 135/97.

As airport management company, GESAP plans, creates and manages the airport's areas, infrastructures and systems, ensuring the necessary maintenance and implementation of the same. It also provides centralised services such as airport coordination, public information systems, security controls and surveillance as well as managing commercial outlets through concessions to third parties.

Development since the 2000s[edit]

In April 2004, GESAP was awarded UNI ISO 9001/2000 (Vision 2000) certification. The company had already received certification for its services and processes in the handling sector and this too was renewed by the certification body, TÜV, in December 2006.

On 30 May 2004, ENAC awarded GESAP an "airport certificate" in recognition of the airport's full conformity with the regulations set down in ENAC's "regulations for the construction and management of airports". On 24 May 2007 GESAP has obtained the renewal of the airport certificate until 30 May 2010.

Today, after having recently transferred its handling sector to a controlled company, GH Palermo, GESAP is awaiting a ministerial decree that will grant it a forty-year concession for the total management of the airport. This comes after the deliberation of ENAC's board of directors on 1 March 2005 that was officialised in a convention signed on 17 November 2006.

In August 2014, Air One announced the closure of their operations which included the shutdown of their Palermo base on 30 September 2014.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Seasonal: Athens (begins 14 June 2018)
Air Malta Malta
Alitalia Milan-Linate, Rome–Fiumicino, Naples
Seasonal: Bologna (begins 1 June 2018),[4] Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Venice (begins 1 June 2018)[5]
Alitalia
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Naples
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Aviolet
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Condor Seasonal Frankfurt
easyJet Liverpool (begins 27 July 2018) [6], London-Gatwick, London-Luton (begins 27 March 2018), [7] Milan-Malpensa, Naples (begins 3 September 2018) [8]
Seasonal: Lyon, Paris-Orly
easyJet Switzerland Geneva
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Bordeaux,[9] Wrocław, Paris-Charles de Gaulle[9]
Europe Airpost Seasonal charter: Deauville, Lyon,[9] Metz, Paris-Charles de Gaulle[9]
Eurowings Munich,[10] Stuttgart (begins 15 April 2018)[11]
Eurowings
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Air Dolomiti
Munich
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Frankfurt
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Meridiana Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa, New York–JFK
Mistral Air Lampedusa, Pantelleria
Seasonal: Pescara,[12] Sofia
Seasonal charter: Marseille
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Stockholm–Arlanda
Ryanair Beauvais,[13] Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld,[13] Bologna, Bucharest (resumes 24 March 2018),[14] Budapest,[13] London-Stansted, Madrid, Marseille, Memmingen, Milan-Malpensa, Nuremberg, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Treviso, Turin,[13] Verona,[13] Weeze, Wroclaw[13]
Seasonal: Dublin
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Zürich
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Charter: Brussels
Transavia Lyon (begins 7 April 2018) [15]
Seasonal: Rotterdam (begins 4 April 2018)[16]
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris-Orly
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Seasonal charter: Brest,[9] Lille, Lyon,[9] Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse[9]
Travel Service Seasonal charter: Deauville,[9] Lyon,[9] Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle [9]
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Bratislava
Tunisair
operated by TunisAir Express
Tunis
Volotea Bari, Genoa, Naples, Turin, Venice, Verona
Seasonal: Ancona (begins 26 May 2018),[17] Athens, Bilbao (begins 26 June 2018),[18] Bordeaux, Corfu,[19] Heraklion, Ibiza, Lyon (begins 6 April 2018),[20] Málaga, Nantes, Nice, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes (begins 27 June 2018),[21] Santorini, Split (begins 27 June 2018),[22] Strasbourg, Toulouse, Zakynthos (begins 26 July 2018)[23]
Vueling Barcelona, Florence, Rome-Fiumicino

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Ground transport[edit]

The airport's railway facility, Punta Raisi railway station, is the northwestern terminus of Palermo metropolitan railway service. It links the airport with Palermo Centrale railway station. A typical timetable on work days is a train every 30 minutes in each direction between early morning and around 10.00 pm.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Falcone–Borsellino Airport at Wikimedia Commons