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Aeroporto di Catania-Fontanarossa
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|Elevation AMSL||39 ft / 12 m|
CataniaFontanarossa Airport (Italian: aeroporto internazionale Vincenzo Bellini di Catania-Fontanarossa, English: Catania International Airport) (IATA: CTA, ICAO: LICC) also named as Vincenzo Bellini Airport, is an international airport 2.3 NM (4.3 km; 2.6 mi) southwest of Catania, the second largest city on the Italian island of Sicily. It is named after the opera composer Vincenzo Bellini who was born in Catania.
It is the busiest airport in Sicily and the 6th busiest in Italy with 7.914.117 passengers in 2016. Major airlines such as Alitalia, Lufthansa and KLM offer services here and connect numerous European destinations such as Rome, Munich, Amsterdam and Berlin, while low cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair offer extensive flights to many leisure destinations.
With nearly two million passengers carried in 2016, the Catania/Fontanarossa - Rome/Fiumicino route is Italy's busiest air route, and Europe's fourth busiest.
Catania Airport's history dates back to 1924, when it was the region's very first airport. During World War II it was seized by the Allies during the Sicily 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 August to 19 November 1943. In addition, the HQ, 51st Troop Carrier Wing used the airport from 29 September 1943 to 29 June 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.
In order to cope with the increasing passengers figures, a new terminal, equipped with 22 gates and 6 loading bridges, opened on 8 May 2007 replacing the old facilities. 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.
Ryanair started to fly to Catania in 2013 but announced only one route to Catania while also starting operations with 3 routes to Comiso Airport, a newly opened in 2013 airport located approximately 100 km from Catania, near the city of Ragusa.
operated by Olympic Air
|Aer Lingus||Seasonal: Dublin|
|Air Arabia Maroc||Casablanca|
|Air France||Paris-Charles de Gaulle (resumes 27 March 2018)|
|Air Malta||Malta, Vienna (begins 19 January 2018)|
operated by Air Serbia
|Seasonal charter: Belgrade|
|AlbaStar||Seasonal charter: Naples, TenerifeSouth|
|Alitalia||Bologna, MilanLinate, RomeFiumicino, Venice (resumes 25 March 2018)
Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg, Turin
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
|ASL Airlines France||Seasonal charter: Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes|
|Austrian Airlines||Seasonal: Vienna
Seasonal charter: Bolzano, Innsbruck
|Belavia||Seasonal charter: Minsk|
|Blue Air||Bucharest, Turin
|British Airways||Seasonal: LondonGatwick|
|Brussels Airlines||Seasonal: Brussels|
|Corendon Dutch Airlines||Seasonal: Maastricht/Aachen (begins 26 April 2018)|
|easyJet||LondonGatwick, LondonLuton, Manchester, MilanMalpensa, Naples, ParisCharles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Amsterdam, BerlinSchönefeld, Bordeaux (begins 26 April 2018), Bristol, Lyon, Nice (begins 25 June 2018)
|easyJet Switzerland||Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva|
operated by Eurowings Europe
operated by Germanwings
|Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Stuttgart
|Flydubai||Dubai-International (begins 13 June 2018)|
|Germania||Seasonal charter: BerlinSchönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Rostock|
|Helvetic Airways||Seasonal: Bern|
|HOP!||Seasonal charter: ParisCharles de Gaulle|
Seasonal charter: Valladolid
operated by Air Nostrum
|I-Fly||Seasonal charter: MoscowVnukovo|
|Meridiana||MilanMalpensa (begins 1 July 2018)|
Seasonal: Bergamo, Pescara, Verona
Seasonal charter: Lourdes/Tarbes, Mostar, Sharm el-Sheikh, Sofia, Split, Tel AvivBen Gurion
Seasonal charter: Heraklion
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Seasonal: Copenhagen, LondonGatwick, Madrid, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda|
|Ryanair||Bergamo, BerlinSchönefeld, Bologna, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Madrid, MilanMalpensa, Pisa, RomeFiumicino, Treviso, Trieste, Turin
Seasonal: Cagliari, Marseille
|S7 Airlines||Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo|
|Scandjet||Seasonal charter: Ängelholm-Helsingborg, Kristianstad|
|SmartLynx Airlines||Seasonal charter: Tallinn, Vilnius|
operated by Travel Service
operated by El Al
|Seasonal charter: Tel AvivBen Gurion|
|Swiss International Air Lines||Seasonal: Geneva, Zürich|
Seasonal: Lyon (begins 6 April 2018), ParisOrly
|Travel Service Polska||Seasonal charter: WarsawChopin|
|TUI Airways||Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, LondonGatwick, Manchester|
|TUI fly Belgium||Seasonal: Brussels
Seasonal charter: Lille
|TUI fly Nordic||Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda|
|Ural Airlines||Seasonal: Yekaterinburg|
|Volotea||Bari, Genoa, VeniceMarco Polo, Verona
Seasonal: Ancona, Cagliari, Naples, Toulouse (begins 13 April 2018)
|Vueling||Barcelona, Florence, ParisOrly, RomeFiumicino
Seasonal: Heraklion, Rhodes, Split
|Wizz Air||Bucharest, Budapest, Iai, Katowice, Sofia, WarsawChopin|
|White Airways||Seasonal charter: ParisCharles de Gaulle|
The airport is conveniently located close to the A19 motorway, which links Catania with Palermo and central Sicily, while the European route E45 runs to Syracuse in the south. Passengers can also take a taxi from the terminal building into the city or beyond, with popular locations including nearby Syracuse, Taormina, and the westerly resorts of Palermo and Marsala.
A shuttle bus service provides transport into Catania city centre and the Central Train Station, while scheduled bus services to other parts of the island are also available direct from the airport.
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