Fontanarossa is the main airport in Southern Italy, sixth in Italy (as of 2019) for passenger traffic and second in Italy for national traffic. Furthermore, the Catania-Rome route is the busiest nationally and the fourth in Europe.
The new terminal of Fontanarossa Airport
On May 5, 2007, in the presence of the then Minister of Transport Alessandro Bianchi, the new airport named after Vincenzo Bellini was inaugurated, in which to welcome, with high standards of service quality, the increase in air traffic expected for the Etna airport . The old terminal “Filippo Eredia” remained in operation until the evening of 7 May 2007, coinciding with the opening to the public of the new terminal (at dawn on 8 May 2007) called Terminal A. Furthermore, on 14 July 2018 The new Terminal C, currently reserved for EasyJet flights to destinations in the Schengen area, was also opened to the public
General information on Catania Fontanarossa Airport
It is the main airport in the South and in 2019 it touched the quota of 10 million passengers per year, making it the fifth in Italy and the first in the South. The traffic of the airport continues to expand, with numerous scheduled and charter flights favored by the geographical position and road connections.
Given the inadequacy of the previous plant, designed in the seventies to accommodate a maximum traffic of one million passengers per year, in recent years a larger airport has been built not far away. In addition, the aircraft parking area was extended and a new taxiway was built that connects the aircraft parking area with runway 08. The delivery of the works for the new plant and related works took place on 21 December. 2006, with a delay of almost two years compared to initial forecasts (winter 2005) and was opened to the public on 8 May 2007. Furthermore, in 2018 Terminal C.
The airport is sometimes subject to operational limitations or temporary closures due to the volcanic ash emitted during the eruptions of Etna that can invade the airspace and runways, forcing, for safety reasons, to divert flights to other airports in the region. . To manage this phenomenon, in January 2010 the Civil Protection Department installed an X-band radar in double polarization in the air-side of the airport to monitor the volcanic ash clouds emitted by Etna, in support of the authorities in charge of air traffic regulation and control.
Comiso Airport was acquired from Catania Airport in 2019.
How to reach Catania Fontanarossa airport
RA15 – Catania ring road, “Asse dei Servizi” junction
Connections with urban lines
Ticket office AMT connection lines Alibus, 538, 524 and 524S.
Connections with suburban lines
Ticket office AST connection with the Municipalities of Avola, Caltagirone, Carlentini, Grammichele, Ispica, Lentini, Mazzarrone, Mirabella Imbaccari, Modica, Noto, Palagonia, Piazza Armerina, Pozzallo, Rosolini, S. Michele di Ganzaria, Scicli and Sigonella
Ticket office Circumetnea connection with the municipalities of Adrano, Misterbianco, Paternò and Randazzo, Linguaglossa and Fiumefreddo
Ticket Office Connection Etna Trasporti with the Municipalities of Aidone, Fiumefreddo, Gela, Giardini Naxos, Recanati, Licata, Niscemi, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa, Marina di Ragusa, S. Croce Camerina, Taormina, Valguarnera and Vizzini.
Ticket office Interbus connection with the municipalities of Agira, Avola, Catenanuova, Leonforte, Militello in Val di Catania, Nicosia, Nissoria, Noto, Pachino, Portopalo, Priolo, Regalbuto, Scordia and Syracuse.
Ticket office SAIS Autolinee connection with the Municipalities of Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Canicattì, Enna, Messina and Palermo.
Ticket office Giamporcaro connection between the Etna airport and the Comiso airport.
Catania – Fontanarossa train station