Open main menu

Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport

Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Bari-Karol Wojtyła) (IATA: BRI, ICAO: LIBD) is an airport serving the city of Bari in Italy. It is approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) northwest from the town centre. Named after Pope John Paul II, who was born Karol Wojtyła, the airport is also known as Palese Airport (Italian: Aeroporto di Palese) after a nearby neighbourhood. The airport handled 3,958,815 passengers in 2015.[citation needed]

Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport

Aeroporto di Bari-Karol Wojtyła
Flughafen Bari.JPG
Airport typePublic-Civil-Military
OperatorAeroporti di Puglia
ServesBari, Italy
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL177 ft / 53 m
Coordinates41°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
WebsiteAeroporto di BARI
BRI is located in Italy
Location of the airport in Italy
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 11,522 3,512 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passenger change 2016–2017Increase +8,40
Statistics from[1]



Early yearsEdit

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 postwar 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 a cargo terminal, but it became in fact the airport's new passenger terminal.

Development since the 1990sEdit

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.[citation needed]

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. They were upgraded in 2005–2006 with the opening of a new passenger terminal equipped with 4 jet bridges and a multistorey car park.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Air Cairo Sharm El Sheikh
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Seasonal charter: Rhodes
Air Dolomiti Munich
Air France Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle[2]
Albawings Tirana
Alitalia Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Blue Air Turin
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt
easyJet London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Venice-Marco Polo
Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Iberia Express Seasonal: Madrid (begins 1 July 2019)
Laudamotion Berlin–Tegel (ends 30 March 2019)[3]
Lufthansa Frankfurt[4]
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Ryanair Beauvais, Berlin–Tegel (begins 2 April 2019),[5] Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bologna, Budapest (begins 3 May 2019),[6] Cagliari, Charleroi, Dublin, Genoa, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Madrid,[7] Malta, Nuremberg,[8] Pisa, Prague (begins 1 April 2019),[9] Rome-Fiumicino, Seville,[10] Treviso, Trieste, Turin, Weeze
Seasonal: Bordeaux (begins 1 April 2019), Maastricht/Aachen, Valencia
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo[11]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Zürich
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk (ends 31 December 2018),[12] Istanbul–Havalimanı (begins 1 January 2019)[12]
Volotea Catania, Palermo, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona
Seasonal: Athens, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Preveza, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos, Zakynthos[13]
Vueling Barcelona
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, London–Luton, Prague, Riga, Sofia, Timişoara, Vienna,[14] Vilnius
Seasonal: Katowice, Kraków (begins 2 May 2019),[15] Warsaw-Chopin, Wrocław

Ground transportationEdit

Departure area


The airport can be reached by the ring road of Bari and from the A14 motorway.


The Bari metropolitan railway service connects the Airport with the Bari Centrale railway station in the city centre.


AMTAB buses provide public transportation to the airport from the city centre (Line 16). Pugliairbus is a seasonal bus transportation service which operates interconnection service with Brindisi and Foggia airports. Pugliairbus also reaches turistic locations.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Databases". anna aero.
  2. ^ Jim Liu (5 February 2018). "Air France expands seasonal routes from Paris CDG in 3Q18". Routes Online.
  3. ^ "Ryanair to swap German bases with LaudaMotion". 20 October 2018.
  4. ^ Jim Liu (20 July 2017). "Lufthansa updates planned new European routes in W17". Routes Online.
  5. ^ "Ryanair to swap German bases with LaudaMotion". 20 October 2018.
  6. ^ Tatiana Rokou (28 September 2018). "Budapest Airport reveals Ryanair's Italian routes". Travel Daily News.
  7. ^ Jim Liu (5 March 2017). "Ryanair W17 new routes as of 05MAR17". Routes Online. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  8. ^ Jim Liu (5 October 2016). "Ryanair expands Nuremberg network in S17". Routes Online.
  9. ^ Raymond Johnston (26 September 2018). "Ryanair Doubling Size of Prague Base".
  10. ^ Jim Liu (5 March 2017). "Ryanair W17 new routes as of 05MAR17". Routes Online.
  11. ^ "Russia, Moscow, Domodedovo (DME) <-> Italy, Bari, Palese Macchie (BRI)". S7 Airlines. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Turkish Airlines to fully move to Istanbul New in late 4Q18". 16 October 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  13. ^ "Volotea". Volotea.
  14. ^ "Wizz Air Announces Austrian Base in Vienna with 3 Based Aircraft and 17 New Low-Fare Routes". Archived from the original on 2018-01-09. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Wizz Air will fly from Krakow. Cheap carrier will open 12 routes from the capital of Lesser Poland". 21 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network.

External linksEdit