Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport

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Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport
Aeroporto di Olbia-Costa Smeralda
Logo Olbia Costa Smeralda.png
Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smeralda Taxistand.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Geasar S.p.A.
Serves Olbia
Location Olbia, Italy
Hub for Meridiana
Elevation AMSL 37 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 40°53′09″N 09°31′01″E / 40.88583°N 9.51694°E / 40.88583; 9.51694Coordinates: 40°53′09″N 09°31′01″E / 40.88583°N 9.51694°E / 40.88583; 9.51694
Website geasar.it
OLB is located in Sardinia
Location of airport in Sardinia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,445 8,025 Concrete / Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 2,240,016
Passenger change 14–15 Increase +5.3%
Aircraft movements 28,272
Movements change 14–15 Decrease -1%
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Olbia-Costa Smeralda) (IATA: OLBICAO: LIEO) is an airport in Olbia, Sardinia. It is the primary operating base for Italian airline Meridiana whose headquarters are located at the airport. It mostly handles seasonal holiday flights from destinations in Europe and is managed by Geasar S.p.A.


Terminal building and control tower

A military airfield was opened at Olbia (then Terranova Pausania) in 1921, and a seaplane base was inaugurated close to the Isola Bianca harbour in 1927, although poor loads from the island on the flights to Ostia and Cagliari led to the service's stop in Terranova being discontinued in 1929. The airfield and seaplane base were targeted by Allied bombing in World War II, and the Germans opened another airfield 4.5 miles west of the town, which was renamed Olbia in 1945.

Commercial flights gradually returned and in 1963 the Olbia-based airline Alisarda was formed. It successfully expanded its route network, introducing jet flights in 1972, and it was renamed Meridiana in 1991. However, the introduction of jet aircraft necessitated the building of a larger airport nearer the city; the current airport was completed in 1974.

Following 3 years of work, a new terminal covering 42,000 square metres and capable of handling 4.5 million passengers per year was unveiled on June 6, 2004. Costing a total of €81 million, the structure was designed by Willem Brouwer Architects and incorporated the original terminal building, which was developed into a 3000-square metre retail area. The new building has 40 check-in desks and ten boarding gates, five of which are equipped with jet bridges. It contains a wide variety of shops and restaurants, a wine bar, a small art gallery, and indoor garden areas featuring local flora.

The airport also is home to the Tourist Management department of the University of Sassari.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Olbia:[3]

Airlines Destinations
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Seasonal: Bologna, Genoa, Naples, Pisa, Trieste
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Seasonal charter: Bolzano[4]
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
easyJet Milan–Malpensa, London–Gatwick
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bristol, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Naples, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Toulouse, Venice
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
operated by Eurowings Europe
Seasonal: Salzburg
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Helvetic Airways Zürich (begins 14 April 2018)[5]
Seasonal charter: Bern
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Madrid
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Air Dolomiti
Seasonal: Munich
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Seasonal: Frankfurt
Meridiana Bergamo (begins 1 July 2018), Bologna (begins 25 March 2018), London-Gatwick (begins 1 June 2018), Milan–Linate, Milan-Malpensa (begins 25 March 2018), Moscow-Domodedovo (begins 1 June 2018), Naples (begins 25 March 2018), Rome–Fiumicino, Turin (begins 25 March 2018), Venice (begins 25 March 2018), Verona (begins 25 March 2018)[6]
Mistral Air Seasonal: Ancona, Bergamo, Florence, Pescara
Seasonal charter: Mostar
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Novosibirsk
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
People's Viennaline Seasonal charter: Vienna
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo (begins 2 June 2018)[7][8]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen
SkyWork Airlines Seasonal: Bern
operated by Travel Service
Seasonal: Prague
operated by Travel Service Polska
Seasonal: Warsaw-Chopin[9]
operated by Travel Service Slovakia
Seasonal: Bratislava
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal charter: London–Gatwick
Transavia Amsterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris-Orly (begins 11 April 2018)[10]
TUI Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Volotea Seasonal: Bari, Bordeaux, Genoa, Nantes, Naples, Palermo, Strasbourg, Turin, Venice, Verona
Vueling Barcelona


External links[edit]

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