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Catania Fontanarossa Airport

Catania Vincenzo Bellini Airport
Airport type Public
Operator SAC
Location Catania
Elevation AMSL 39 ft / 12 m
Coordinates 37°28′00″N 15°03′50″E / 37.4666667°N 15.06389°E / 37.4666667; 15.06389 (Catania Vincenzo Bellini Airport)Coordinates: 37°28′00″N 15°03′50″E / 37.4666667°N 15.06389°E / 37.4666667; 15.06389 (Catania Vincenzo Bellini Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,435 7,989 Asphalt
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL

Catania-Vincenzo Bellini Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Catania-Fontanarossa Vincenzo Bellini) (IATA: CTA, ICAO: 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 6,054,469 passengers in 2008, 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.


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 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 Wing used 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.

Following an increase in the level of security inspections passengers are reminded to arrive at the airport well in advance of their flight departure time.


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. 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. Passengers requiring a more comfortable ride can 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.

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 Dublin [seasonal]
Air Berlin Basel/Mulhouse [seasonal], Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover [seasonal], Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Zürich
Air Italy Naples
Air Malta Frankfurt, Geneva, Malta-Luqa, Munich
Alitalia Bologna, Genoa, Milan-Linate, Naples, Rome-Fiumicino, Trieste, Venice-Marco Polo
Alitalia operated by Air One Milan-Malpensa
Italian Airlines Vienna [seasonal]
Blue Air Bacau, Bucharest-Băneasa
BluExpress Rome-Fiumicino
British Airways London-Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Cimber Sterling Copenhagen
Eagles Airlines Venice-Marco Polo
EasyJet Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
EgyptAir Express Cairo, Luxor, Sharm el-Sheikh [seasonal]
Iberia Barcelona, Madrid
ItAli Airlines Malaga
Jetairfly Brussels [seasonal]
Lufthansa Munich
Luxair Luxembourg [seasonal]
Meridiana Fly Bologna, Florence, Lampedusa, Milan-Linate, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Sun d'Or International Airlines Tel Aviv [seasonal]
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Brussels [seasonal]
Thomson Airways London-Gatwick [seasonal], Manchester [seasonal]
TNT Airways Brussels [seasonal]
Transavia Amsterdam
Transavia France Paris-Orly
Travel Service operated by Smart Wings Prague
Trawel Fly Milan-Orio al Serio
Wind Jet Barcelona [seasonal], Forlì, Malaga, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa , Milan-Orio al Serio, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Parma, Pisa, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Tel Aviv, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Wizz Air Bucharest-Baneasa, Budapest [ends 25 September], Prague [ends 18 September]
XL Airways France Paris-Charles de Gaulle

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General Info
Country Italy
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 37.466781
37° 28' 00.41" N
Longitude 15.066400
015° 03' 59.04" E
Elevation 39 feet
12 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 002° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Alternate Name LANZA DI TRABIE
Near City Catania
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

TWR 118.7
Opr 0600-2200Z++
APP 119.25

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
08/26 7989 x 148 feet
2435 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-123, 1065,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type III)

CAUTION Bird act. Lo level wind shear possible. P-line and bldg on short final to Rwy 08. Hi trees on short final to Rwy 26. Twy D (midfld) clsd. Twy C clsd to acft with max wt over 68 tons. Taxi with ctn due to unctl tfc mov to/fr operational prkbay to join Twy A. Parts of rwy, twy and ramp not vis SW of twr.
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1) (100LL avbl 30 min PN 0700-1130Z++, 1330-1700Z exc hol) (A1 avbl H24 sked flt; avbl 0500-2300Z++, OT ntc by 1600Z++ prev day non-sked flt)
LGT PAPI Rwy 08 MEHT 52', Rwy 26 MEHT 62'. (PAPI Rwy 08 cov 5 rgt/8 left)
MISC Arr acft may be delayed or diverted due to ltd prk. Taxi with flw-me rqd all arracft. Acft with 17 tons max wt using gen avn prk for more than 2 hr rqr PPR at fone 39095340937 and fax 39095349544.
OIL O-123
RSTD Twy A open for state flt only subj agreement with lcl auth. Arr acft flw-me mand. Pwr-back on apn PPR.

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