Falcone Borsellino Airport

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Falcone Borsellino Airport

Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino
Aeroporto di Palermo-Punta Raisi ingresso.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorGovernment
ServesPalermo, Italy
LocationCinisi, Palermo, Italy
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL65 ft / 20 m
Coordinates38°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
Websitegesap.it
Map
PMO is located in Sicily
PMO
PMO
Location within Sicily
PMO is located in Italy
PMO
PMO
PMO (Italy)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,326 10,912 Bitumen
02/20 2,068 6,784 Bitumen
Statistics (2019)
Passengers7.018.087
Passenger change 18–19Increase +5.9%
Aircraft movements54243
Movements change 18–19Increase +5.5%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Falcone Borsellino Airport (IATA: PMO, ICAO: LICJ) (Italian: Aeroporto Falcone 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 7.018.087 passengers handled in 2019.

History[edit]

Apron view
Aerial view

Early years[edit]

GESAP S.p.a. is the airport management company of "Falcone 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Dolomiti Florence
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Malta Malta
Albastar Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa
Seasonal charter: Lourdes
Alitalia Milan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
ASL Airlines France Seasonal: Basel, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Olbia, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Aviolet Seasonal charter: Belgrade [3]
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
DAT Lampedusa, Pantelleria
easyJet London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa, Naples
Seasonal: Liverpool , London–Luton, Lyon, Nantes (begin 30 June 2021), Paris–Orly
easyJet Switzerland Geneva
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Kraków, Nantes, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław[4]
Eurowings Stuttgart
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa
Seasonal charter: Abu Dhabi, Pointe-à-Pitre
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Stockholm–Arlanda
Ryanair Athens, Bari (begin 4 December 2020), Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin–Brandenburg, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brindisi (begin 2 December 2020), Bucharest, Budapest, Cagliari (begin 3 December 2020), Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Hahn, Kraków, London–Stansted, Lviv (begin 30 March 2021),[5] Madrid, Marseille, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa, Naples (begin 25 October 2020), Nuremberg, Perugia (begin 27 October 2020), Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Toulouse, Treviso, Trieste (begin 4 December 2020), Turin, Valencia, Verona, Vienna, Weeze, Wrocław
Seasonal: Dublin, Manchester, Seville (begin 30 March 2021)
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Zürich
Tayaran Jet Bologna[6]
Transavia Seasonal: Rotterdam
Transavia France Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Lille
Seasonal charter: Brest,[7] Lyon,[7] Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse[7]
Tunisair Tunis
United Airlines Newark
Volotea Ancona, Bari, Genoa, Naples, Turin, Venice, Verona
Seasonal: Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Ibiza, Lyon, Málaga, Nantes, Nice, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pescara, Rhodes, Santorini, Split, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Trieste, Zakynthos
Vueling Barcelona, Florence
Wizz Air Milan–Malpensa

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Ground transport[edit]

Train[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.

Bus[edit]

There are several private bus companies, which stop at the bus station outside the terminal building and connect the airport with nearby Palermo city.[10] There are further connections to/from Palermo, Catania, Messina and rest of Sicily.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "EAD Basic". Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Traffic Data 2019" (PDF).
  3. ^ http://www.aviolet.rs/Data/Files/Aviolet_charter_schedule_2019_en.pdf
  4. ^ "air and charter tickets". itaka.pl.
  5. ^ https://corporate.ryanair.com/news/ryanair-launches-new-ukraine-to-italy-routes-for-winter-2020-summer-2021/?market=ua
  6. ^ tayaranjet.com - Route map retrieved 10 October 2020
  7. ^ a b c "Home". Aeroporto di Palermo. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  8. ^ a b "EI-EDM Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  9. ^ Hradecky, Simon (24 September 2010). "Accident: Windjet A319 at Palermo on Sep 24th 2010, touched down short of runway". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  10. ^ "Falcone–Borsellino Airport". Retrieved 6 February 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Palermo Punta Raisi Airport at Wikimedia Commons