Lugano Airport

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Lugano Airport

Aeroporto di Lugano
Airport typePublic AOE
OwnerLugano Airport SA
OperatorLugano Airport SA
ServesLugano, Switzerland
LocationAgno / Bioggio / Muzzano
Elevation AMSL915 ft / 279 m
Coordinates46°00′13″N 008°54′37″E / 46.00361°N 8.91028°E / 46.00361; 8.91028
LUG is located in Switzerland
Location of airport in Switzerland
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01/19 4,658 1,420 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Total passengers97,375
Aircraft operations18,306
Total cargo (metric tons)46
Source: Swiss AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Lugano Airport.[2]

Lugano Airport (IATA: LUG, ICAO: LSZA)[a] is a regional airport located 4 km (2.5 mi) west of the Swiss city of Lugano, approximately 80 km (50 mi) north of Milan, in the municipalities of Agno, Bioggio and Muzzano. It lies closer to the village of Agno than to Lugano itself, and is sometimes known as Lugano-Agno.[1][3] Around 200,000 passengers use the airport each year, using some 2,400 flights. There are also limited freight operations, a flying club and flight school. The headquarters of Darwin Airline were located at the airport[4] prior to its bankruptcy.[5]

The airport is situated on land owned by the city of Lugano, whilst management is the responsibility of Lugano Airport SA, whose shares are owned by the canton of Ticino (12.5%) and the city (87.5%). The company has 73 employees, and an annual turnover of 10 million Swiss francs.[6]


The current location of the airport dates back to 1938, when it opened as a grass field. The first paved runway was laid in 1960, and originally had a length of 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) and a width of 30 metres (98 ft). Initially managed by private sector companies, the airport was taken over by the Azienda comunale dei trasporti della Città di Lugano, Lugano's municipal transport company, in 1974.[4]

In the early 1980s, the airline Crossair decided to invest in the airport, establishing connections between Lugano and various European cities. In 1985, the runway was extended by 150 metres (490 ft), and in 1989 a new control tower became operational.[4]

After the demise of Adria Airways in September 2019, which operated the route to Zürich Airport on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines, Lugano lost its sole year-round scheduled service as Swiss will refer its passengers to train services in the future without resuming the flights.[7]

In April 2020, the company behind the airport serving Lugano, Switzerland opted to put itself into liquidation after the COVID-19 pandemic destroyed air traffic at the location.[8]


Apron overview


The airport has a single passenger terminal building, with airline ticket and check-in desks, airport security and customs facilities. There is an air side departure lounge with duty-free shop, bar and snack bar. Boarding of aircraft is generally on foot across the apron, although sometimes buses are used when the aircraft is not parked directly next to the terminal building.[9][10]

An adjacent building to the terminal building houses the ground side airport restaurant and flying club, with outdoor seating under an awning between the two buildings. Other ground side catering and shopping outlets are situated around an adjacent open courtyard.[9][10]


The airport has a single, bidirectional runway with an asphalt surface, identified as 01/19. The runway is 1,420 metres (4,660 ft) long, 30 metres (98 ft) wide, and 279 metres (915 ft) above mean sea level. There is no parallel taxiway, and aircraft arrivals and departures often involve backtracking on the runway.[1][4]

The airport's instrument approach procedure is quite challenging because of its steep angle of descent of 6.65°, more than double the standard approach angle of 3° and steeper than London City's 5.5°. This is due to its geographic location in the mouth of a valley.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airline offers seasonal flights at Lugano Airport:[11]

Twin Jet Seasonal charter: Olbia[12][13]


Annual passenger traffic at LUG airport. See Wikidata query.

Ground transportation[edit]


The airport is some 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Lugano city centre by road, and a similar distance from the nearest junctions on the A2 motorway. It has both long and short term parking, a taxi rank, and a selection of car hire companies.[14][15][16]


A shuttle bus connects the airport with Lugano railway station and city centre, meeting most scheduled flights. Agno railway station is a sign-posted ten-minute walk from the airport, and trains connect to Lugano and Ponte Tresa every 15 minutes on weekdays or 30 minutes at weekends.[15][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "EAD Basic".
  2. ^ "RAPPORTO DI GESTIONE 2018" [Annual Report 2018] (PDF; 2.284 KB). (in Italian). LUGANO AIRPORT SA.
  3. ^ (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  4. ^ a b c d "Lugano". Swiss International Airports Association. Archived from the original on 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  5. ^ - "Final over and out for Darwin Airline" (German) 12 December 2017
  6. ^ "Profile". Lugano Airport SA. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  7. ^ - "Lugano Airport in trouble" (German) 6 October 2019
  8. ^ "Swiss Airport Files for Liquidation as Pandemic Halts Traffic | Aviation Week Network".
  9. ^ a b "Bars & Restaurants". Lugano Airport. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  10. ^ a b "Shops & Duty Free". Lugano Airport. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  11. ^ "Lugano: Silver Air fliegt heuer wieder nach Elba". 22 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Destinazioni".
  13. ^ "Airlines & Destinations".
  14. ^ "Car & Parking". Lugano Airport. Archived from the original on 2017-08-16. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  15. ^ a b "Taxi & Shuttle". Lugano Airport. Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  16. ^ "Rent a Car". Lugano Airport. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  17. ^ "Public Transport". Lugano Airport. Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-10-16.


  1. ^ Italian: Aeroporto di Lugano, German: Flughafen Lugano-Agno, French: Aéroport de Lugano, Romansh: Eroport da Lugano

External links[edit]

Media related to Lugano-Agno Airport at Wikimedia Commons