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Palermo Airport

Palermo Airport
Aeroporto di Palermo-Punta Raisi
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Elevation AMSL 65 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 38°10′55″N 013°05′58″E / 38.18194°N 13.09944°E / 38.18194; 13.09944 (Palermo Airport)Coordinates: 38°10′55″N 013°05′58″E / 38.18194°N 13.09944°E / 38.18194; 13.09944 (Palermo Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,326 10,912 Bitumen
02/20 2,074 6,804 Bitumen
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL

Plaque of Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, Palermo Airport

Check-in area
Check-in area

Palermo Airport (IATA: PMO, ICAO: LICJ), also known as Falcone-Borsellino Airport and Punta Raisi Airport is located at Punta Raisi, 19 NM (35 km; 22 mi) west northwest of Palermo, the capital city of the Italian island of Sicily. The airport is one of the busiest in Italy, with 4,446,142 passengers in 2008.

The airport was given the name Falcone-Borsellino in memory of the two leading anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino who were murdered by the mafia in 1992. A 1.90-metre (6 ft 3 in) diameter plaque featuring their portraits can be found to the right of one the main outside entrance to the departure hall, set into a mosaic of Sicily. Created by the sicilian sculptor Tommaso Geraci, it bears the inscription Giovanni Falcone – Paolo Borsellino – Gli Altri – L'orgoglio della Nuova Sicilia (Giovanni Falcone – Paolo Borsellino – The Others – The Pride of the New Sicily).

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Cologne/Bonn, Munich, Stuttgart, Zürich [seasonal]
Air Italy Naples, Genoa
Air Malta Malta
Alitalia Bologna, Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo
Alitalia operated by Air One Bologna, Lampedusa, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Pantelleria
Blu-express Rome-Fiumicino
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Darwin Airline Foggia
EasyJet London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Orly, Rome-Fiumicino
Helvetic Airways Zürich
Iberia operated by Air Nostrum Madrid
Lufthansa Milan-Malpensa
Luxair Luxembourg
Meridiana Fly Bologna, Cagliari, Lampedusa, Malta, Milan-Linate, New York-JFK, Olbia, Pantelleria, Rome-Fiumicino, Venice, Verona
Norwegian Air Shuttle Stockholm-Arlanda
Rossija Saint Petersburg
Ryanair Bologna [begins 31 October], Marseille [begins 3 November], Milan-Orio al Serio, Pisa, Seville [begins 31 October], Venice-Treviso [begins 31 October], Verona [begins 31 October]
Sevenair Tunis
Thomas Cook Airlines Amsterdam, Brussels
Transavia France Amsterdam, Paris-Orly
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis
VIM Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Vueling Airlines Barcelona
Wind Jet Barcelona, Forlì, Lyon, Marseille, Milan-Linate, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Parma, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Tolouse, Turin, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
XL Airways France Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse

The Company

GESAP S.p.a. is the airport management company of "Falcone e Borsellino" Airport in Palermo. It has a fully paid-up share capital of € 15,912,332.00 divided between the Regional Province of Palermo, the Comune of Palermo, the Chamber of Commerce, the Comune of Cinisi and other minor partners.

Established in 1985, until 1994 Gesap operated exclusively as handler and supplier of ground services for Palermo airport, the management of which is directly assigned by the government and overseen by the District Airport Directorate.

A TrawelFly Boeing 737 during push-back.
A TrawelFly Boeing 737 during push-back.

In 1994, Gesap was charged with the partial management of the airport through a Convention which granted the company a 20-year mandate to run land side activities (the airport buildings and surrounding areas).

In April 1999, GESAP obtained an anticipated mandate to manage the airport's air side activities, and, more specifically, the flight infrastructures (runways, links, taxiways and aprons) as foreseen by art. 17 L. 135/97.

As airport management company, Gesap plans, creates and manages the airport's areas, infrastructures and systems, ensuring the necessary maintenance and implementation of the same. It also provides centralised services such as airport coordination, public information systems, security controls and surveillance as well as managing commercial outlets through concessions to third parties.

In April 2004, GESAP was awarded UNI ISO 9001/2000 (Vision 2000) certification. The company had already received certification for its services and processes in the handling sector and this too was renewed by the certification body, TUV, in December 2006.

On 30 May 2004, ENAC awarded GESAP an "Airport Certificate" in recognition of the airport's full conformity with the regulations set down in ENAC's "Regulations for the construction and management of airports". On May 24, 2007 Gesap has obtained the renovation of "Airport Certificate" until May 30, 2010.

Today, after having recently transferred its handling sector to a controlled company, GH Palermo, GESAP is awaiting a ministerial decree that will grant it a forty-year concession for the total management of the airport. This comes after the deliberation of ENAC's Board of Directors on March 1, 2005 that was officialised in a Convention signed on November 17, 2006.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 5 May 1972, Alitalia Flight 112
  • On 23 December 1978, Alitalia Flight 4128
  • On 24 September 2010, Wind Jet Flight 243, operated by Airbus A319-132 EI-EDM, landed short of the runway after encountering a thunderstorm and windshear on approach. The aircraft was substantially damaged when it impacted the localiser. Both main undercarriage sets collapsed and the aircraft was evacuated by the emergency slides. Around 20 passengers were injured in the evacuation.

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General Info
Country Italy
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 38.175958
38° 10' 33.45" N
Longitude 13.091019
013° 05' 27.67" E
Elevation 65 feet
20 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 001° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

RAISI TWR 119.05
Opr 0600-2200Z++
APP 120.2

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
02/20 6804 x 148 feet
2074 x 45 meters
07/25 10912 x 197 feet
3326 x 60 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME PRS RAISI 077X 113 At Field -
NDB PRS RAISI - 329 1.2 NM 226.8

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 Lo level wind shear possible. Some ILS users rpt false LOC capture. Copter ldg and tkof opr performed on rwy; taxi on apn with flw-me rqr.
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1) (A1 avbl 0430-2300Z++, OT 24 hr PN PAR C+39-091-591403) (100LL avbl 0700-1130Z++, 1230-1600Z++ exc Sun, Mon). Verify 100LL avbl with afld opr office C+39-091-702-0375/0732/0733.
LGT Rwy 20 SALS nstd len 1575' and crossbar 1181' fr Rwy 20 thld. PAPI Rwy 07 MEHT 52', PAPI Rwy 20 MEHT 66', PAPI Rwy 25 MEHT 59'.
MISC Acft are req to opr transponder off/stby dur taxi.
OIL 0-123
OPR HOURS PPR mil flt. Ctc civ avn auth C039-091-591400 or C039-091-702-0396.

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