Catania Fontanarossa Airport

    

Catania - Fontanarossa Airport (IATA: CTAICAO: LICC) is located 2.3 NM(4.3 km; 2.6 mi) southwest of Catania, the second largest city on the Italian island of Sicily. The airport is named after the great opera composer Vincenzo Bellini who was born in Catania.
It is the busiest airport in Sicily and the 6th busiest in Italy with 6,321,753 passengers in 2010, but in terms of domestic traffic it ranks at the 3rd place, after Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport and Linate Airport.
In order to cope with the increasing passengers figures, a new terminal, equipped with 22 gates and 6 loading bridges, opened on May 8, 2007 replacing the old facilities, but a further enlargement of the terminal area seems already necessary.

 

History

Catania Airport's history dates back to 1924, when it was the region's very first airport. During World War IIit was seized by the Allies during the Sicilian Campaign and used by the United States Army Air Forces as a military airfield. Twelfth Air Force used the airport as a combat airfield, stationing the 340th Bombardment Group, which flew B-25 Mitchells from 27 Aug-19 Nov 1943. In addition, the HQ, 51st Troop Carrier Wingused the airport from 29 Sep 1943 to 29 Jun 1944. Various transport units used the airport for the rest of the war, afterward it was turned back over to civil authorities.
By the late 1940s, it was clear that the airport was fast running out of space and it was deemed necessary to relocate and in 1950, the new bigger and improved Catania Airport opened for business.
After 20 years of unexpected growth and high passengers levels, in 1981 it was once again necessary to restructure the airport to cope with demand. More recently in 2007, a state of the art new terminal building was inaugurated.

Security and controls

SAC SECURITY provides all the compulsory security and inspection services at the airport. In particular, it handles security and inspection/controls for departing and transiting passengers, enforces hand-baggage limits at the departure gates, and all other inspections/controls required by the airport authorities.

Airlines and destinations

Major airlines such as British Airways and Lufthansa offer services here and connect numerous European destinations such as Munich and London, while domestic airlines offer extensive flights to many of the regions major destinations. The current "investment programme" has ensured that Catania Fontanarossa Airport continues to look forward and plan for growth over the next ten years, implementing a whole new infrastructure and making many additions, including a panoramic restaurant, a new airside runway and further office space.

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Zürich
Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse
Air Italy Naples
Air Malta Frankfurt, Geneva, Malta-Luqa, Munich
Air One Florence, Milan-Malpensa, Pisa
AlbaStar Kos, Malaga, Rhodes, Santorini
Alitalia Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Milan-Linate, Naples, Rome-Fiumicino, Trieste, Venice-Marco Polo
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Blue Air Bacau [resumes 25 March], Bucharest-B─âneasa
BluExpress Rome-Fiumicino
bmibaby Seasonal: East Midlands [begins 27 May]
British Airways London-Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Cimber Sterling Copenhagen
EasyJet London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
EgyptAir Express Cairo [resumes 30 October]
Germanwings Hanover
Iberiaoperated by Air Nostrum Barcelona, Madrid
ItAli Airlines Malaga
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels
Lufthansa Munich
Lufthansa Regionaloperated by Eurowings Düsseldorf [begins 25 March]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Meridiana Fly Bologna, Florence, Lampedusa, Milan-Linate, Turin, Verona
PRiMA Aero Trasporti Italiani Bologna
Sky Work Airlines Seasonal: Berne
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Thomson Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham [begins 6 May]
Tor Air Seasonal Charter: Aberdeen
TNT Airways Seasonal: Brussels
Transavia Amsterdam
Transavia France Paris-Orly
Travel Serviceoperated by Smart Wings Prague
Trawel Fly Milan-Orio al Serio
Wind Jet Forlì, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Milan-Orio al Serio, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Parma, Pisa, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Seasonal: Barcelona, Malaga
Wizz Air Bucharest-Baneasa, Budapest
XL Airways France Paris-Charles de Gaulle