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Brindisi Airport (IATA: BDS, ICAO: LIBR) (Italian: Aeroporto di Brindisi), also known as Brindisi Papola Casale Airport and Salento Airport, is an airport in Brindisi, in southern Italy, located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the city center.

Brindisi Airport

Aeroporto di Brindisi
Aereoporto Brindisi Papola-Casale (BDS) - panoramio.jpg
Airport typePublic
LocationBrindisi, Italy
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL47 ft / 14 m
Coordinates40°39′27″N 17°56′49″E / 40.65750°N 17.94694°E / 40.65750; 17.94694Coordinates: 40°39′27″N 17°56′49″E / 40.65750°N 17.94694°E / 40.65750; 17.94694[permanent dead link]
BDS is located in Italy
Location of the airport in Italy
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 5,892 1,796 Asphalt
13/31 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passenger change 14-15Increase +4.4%
Aircraft movements18,042
Movements change 14-15Increase +4.5%
Statistics from Assaeroporti [1]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


This airport was originally established as a military airbase in the 1920s. The first commercial flights serving Rome began in the 1930s with the establishment of the Ala Littoria in 1934. After World War II, Alitalia took over the route and added a flight to Catania. As of 2008 it has officially changed its legal status into civilian airport, still maintaining operational the military facilities attached to it. These are identified with its original name "Military Airport Orazio Pierozzi", named in memory of an Italian airman of the First World War.

The airport is officially named after Antonio Papola, in memory of the Italian aviator died on February 13, 1948 in an air accident who had a special bond with the city. It is also officially known as "Casale" with reference to the contiguous neighborhood in Brindisi with the same name and also as "Salento Airport" with reference to the geographic region where it is located.

The strategic position of the airport in the Mediterranean region, along with its multi-modal connections with the highway and the port a few kilometers away, have made it a base of crucial importance for both national defense and NATO.

UN presenceEdit

For the same strategic reasons, in 1994 the airport was chosen as the main global logistics base by the United Nations to support its peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations around the world, which was since then hosted in Pisa Military Airport "San Giusto". In 2000, also the United Nations humanitarian supply depot moved from Pisa to Brindisi. It has since then been managed by the World Food Programme and officially known as the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD). On behalf of governments, other UN agencies and NGOs, from UNHRD Brindisi humanitarian aid is directed to the most remote and devastated regions around the world.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Associazione Italiana Gestori Aeroportuali
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  3. ^ "Ryanair in Katowice opens the base at the airport in Pyrzowice and 11 new directions to European cities". 15 March 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Brindisi Airport at Wikimedia Commons