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Bari Airport

Bari Airport
Aeroporto di Bari
Airport type Public
Operator Aeroporti di Puglia
Location Bari
Elevation AMSL 177 ft / 54 m
Coordinates 41°08′19.88″N 16°45′38.14″E / 41.1388556°N 16.7605944°E / 41.1388556; 16.7605944Coordinates: 41°08′19.88″N 16°45′38.14″E / 41.1388556°N 16.7605944°E / 41.1388556; 16.7605944
Website Aeroporti di Puglia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 8,005 2,440 Paved Asphalt
12/30 (Closed) 5,512 1,680 Paved Asphalt

Air-side view of the airport

Bari "Karol Wojtyła" Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Bari) (IATA: BRI, ICAO: LIBD) is an airport serving the city of Bari in Italy. It is approximately 8 km (5 miles) northwest from the town centre. The airport is also known as Palese Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Palese) after a nearby neighbourhood.

The airport's facilities were upgraded in 2005-2006 with the opening of a new passenger terminal equipped with 4 loading bridges, a new control tower and a multistorey car park.

The airport handled 2,825,456 passengers in 2009.


The airport of Bari was originally a military airfield, built in the 1930s by the Regia Aeronautica. During the World War II Italian Campaign it was seized by the British Eighth Army in late September 1943 and turned into an Allied military airfield. Until the end of the war in May 1945, it was used by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces both as an operational airfield as well as a command and control base. In addition the airfield was used by the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force (Aviazione Cobelligerante Italiana, or ACI), or Air Force of the South (Aeronautica del Sud). After the war it was turned over to the post-war Air Force of the Italian Republic (Aeronautica Militare Italiana).

In the 1960s it was opened to civil flights and Alitalia schedules regular flights to Rome, Catania, Palermo, Ancona, Venice. The routes were later taken over by ATI, using a Fokker F27 airplane. When ATI put into operation the new DC-9-30 it became necessary to create a new runway, while the military complex was still used as passenger terminal.

In 1981 a new building was completed, originally intended to be used as cargo terminal, but it became in fact the airport’s new passengers terminal. In 1990, with the Football World Cup, the runway was extended and the terminal was upgraded, going through a further renovation in 2000.

However, the traffic increase showed the infrastructural limitations of the airport and in 2002 the founding stone of the new passenger terminal was laid out. At the same time, flight infrastructures (aircraft parking areas, runway etc.) were upgraded. In 2005, the new terminal was completed and opened to passengers.

In 2005, construction works for a new control tower began and they were completed the following year. In 2006 a further extension of the runway was begun, and in 2007 the planning of an extension of the passenger terminals was commissioned.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Munich, Stuttgart, Zürich
Air Italy Olbia, Verona
Alitalia Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino
Alitalia operated by Air One Bologna, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo
Belle Air Tirana
British Airways London-Gatwick
Carpatair Bucharest-Otopeni, Timişoara
EasyJet Milan-Malpensa
Helvetic Airways Zürich
Lufthansa Milan-Malpensa
Lufthansa Regional operated by Air Dolomiti Munich
Meridiana fly Alghero, Milan-Linate [ends 28 september], Olbia, Venice-Marco Polo
Meridiana operated by Eurofly Sharm el-Sheikh [seasonal]
Ryanair Bologna, Bratislava, Brussels South-Charleroi, Cagliari, Genoa, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, London-Stansted, Madrid [begins 1 November], Malta, Milan-Orio al Serio, Paris-Beauvais, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino [begins 1 November], Seville [begins 2 November], Trapani, Turin, Valencia, Venice-Treviso, Weeze, Zadar
Tarom Bucharest-Otopeni
Wizz Air Budapest, Prague

Accidents and incidents

  • On 6 August 2005, Tuninter Flight 1153, a Tuninter ATR 72 en route from Bari to Djerba, Tunisia, ditched into the Mediterranean Sea about 18 miles from the city of Palermo. Sixteen of the 39 people on board died. The accident resulted from engine fuel starvation due to the installation of ATR 42 fuel quantity indicators in the ATR 72.

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General Info
Country Italy
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 41.138856
41° 08' 19.88" N
Longitude 16.760594
016° 45' 38.14" E
Elevation 177 feet
54 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 002° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Alternate Name PALESE
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

TWR 118.3
APP 119.5

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
07/25 8005 x 148 feet
2440 x 45 meters
5512 x 164 feet
1680 x 50 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME BAR BARI 111X 116.4 At Field -

Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.

Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-117, 1100, Reciprocating Engine Oil (MIL L 6082)

O-123, 1065,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type III)

O-128, 1100,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type II)

O-148, MIL L 7808 (Synthetic Base), Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine

O-149, Aircraft Turbine Engine Synthetic 7.5c St
Other Fluids DE-ICE, Anti-icing/De-icing/Defrosting Fluid (MIL A 8243)

CAUTION Use twy cntrln/min speed twy A, B, and parl btn A and B due to slope. Lo level wind shear possible.
FLUID Svc avbl, fluid type unk
FUEL A1 (Eni S.p.A. avbl 0500-2200Z++, OT 2 hr PN before end of working hr, $120 ea occurence, C+39 080 538 3306). (NC A1, 0500-2200Z++, OT 6 hr PN).
LGT Bdry lgt avbl. PAPI RWY 07/25 MEHT 49'.
MISC Prk opr for all acft exc based are mandatory by lcl handling agent due to safety.
NS ABTMT APU not auth til 60 min before ETD or 20 min aft ATA.
OIL O-117-123-128-148-149
RSTD Ldg forbidden for acft fr extracommunity countries transporting live animals.

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