Brindisi Airport

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Brindisi Airport
Aeroporto di Brindisi
Aereoporto Brindisi Papola-Casale (BDS) - panoramio.jpg
Airport type Public
Serves Brindisi
Location Brindisi, Italy
Elevation AMSL 47 ft / 14 m
Coordinates 40°39′27″N 17°56′49″E / 40.65750°N 17.94694°E / 40.65750; 17.94694Coordinates: 40°39′27″N 17°56′49″E / 40.65750°N 17.94694°E / 40.65750; 17.94694
BDS is located in Italy
Location of the airport in Italy
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 5,892 1,796 Asphalt
13/31 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 2,258,292
Passenger change 14-15 Increase +4.4%
Aircraft movements 18,042
Movements change 14-15 Increase +4.5%
Statistics from Assaeroporti [1]

Brindisi Airport (IATA: BDS, ICAO: LIBR) (Italian: Aeroporto di Brindisi), also known as Brindisi Papola Casale Airport and Salento Airport, is an airport in Brindisi, in southern Italy, located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the city center.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Dolomiti Seasonal: Munich[2]
Alitalia Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino
Arkia Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
British Airways Seasonal: London-Heathrow[3]
easyJet Berlin–Tegel (begins 1 July 2018),[4] Milan-Malpensa
Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Paris-Orly
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Vienna[5]
Helvetic Airways Seasonal: Bern, Zürich
Laudamotion Seasonal: Vienna (begins 2 June 2018)[6]
Ryanair Bergamo, Bologna, Charleroi, Eindhoven, Frankfurt,[7] London-Stansted, Manchester, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Treviso, Turin, Verona
Seasonal: Beauvais, Stockholm-Skavsta
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Zürich
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Stuttgart
Volotea Venice, Verona[8]
Seasonal: Genoa[9]
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona


This airport was originally established as a military airbase in the 1920s. The first commercial flights serving Rome began in the 1930s with the establishment of the Ala Littoria in 1934. After World War II, Alitalia took over the route and added a flight to Catania. As of 2008 it has officially changed its legal status into civilian airport, still maintaining operational the military facilities attached to it. These are identified with its original name "Military Airport Orazio Pierozzi", named in memory of an Italian airman of the First World War.

The airport is officialy named after Antonio Papola, in memory of the Italian aviator died on February 13, 1948 in an air accident who had a special bond with the city. It is also officially known as "Casale" with reference to the contiguous neighborhood in Brindisi with the same name and also as "Salento Airport" with reference to the geographic region where it is located.

The strategic position of the airport in the Mediterranean region, along with its multi-modal connections with the highway and the port a few kilometers away, have made it a base of crucial importance for both national defense and NATO.

UN presence[edit]

For the same strategic reasons, in 1994 the airport was chosen as the main global logistics base by the United Nations to support its peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations around the world, which was since then hosted in Pisa Military Airport "San Giusto". In 2000, also the United Nations humanitarian supply depot moved from Pisa to Brindisi. It has since then been managed by the World Food Programme and officially known as the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD). On behalf of governments, other UN agencies and NGOs, from UNHRD Brindisi humanitarian aid is directed to the most remote and devastated regions around the world.

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External links[edit]

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